Show ContentsLansdown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Lansdown come from when the family resided in the village of Lansdowne in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Lansdown family

The surname Lansdown 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 Lansdown family

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Lansdown Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lansdown has been recorded under many different variations, including Lansdowne, Lansdown and others.

Early Notables of the Lansdown family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Henry Lansdowne, Governor General of Canada

United States Lansdown migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lansdown or a variant listed above:

Lansdown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Lansdown, who settled in New York State in 1803
  • Edward Lansdown, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Thomas Lansdown, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 1

Australia Lansdown migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lansdown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Lansdown, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda 2

New Zealand Lansdown migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lansdown Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Lansdown, aged 35, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Ellen Lansdown, aged 32, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • George Lansdown, aged 10, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Harry Lansdown, aged 7, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Sarah Lansdown, aged 5, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lansdown (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Stephen Philip Lansdown C.B.E., British recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Business and the community in Bristol

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook