Lansdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Lansdon family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Lansdowne in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Lansdon family

The surname Lansdon was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Lansdon family

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Lansdon Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lansdon include Lansdowne, Lansdown and others.

Early Notables of the Lansdon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Lansdon family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lansdon or a variant listed above: William Lansdowne settled in Virginia in 1663; Patrick Lansdown settled in New York State in 1803; Edward Lansdown arrived in Philadelphia in 1840; James Lansdowne arrived in Philadelphia in 1840..



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