The surname lapthorne was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.
Important Dates for the lapthorne family
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lapthorne Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like lapthorne are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name lapthorne include: Lapthorn, Lapthorne, Lapthone, Lapthon and others.
Early Notables of the lapthorne family (pre 1700)
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lapthorne migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
lapthorne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
William Lapthorne, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 
Contemporary Notables of the name lapthorne (post 1700)
Andrew David Lapthorne (b. 1990), British silver medalist wheelchair tennis player at the 2012 Paralympic Games
Darren Lapthorne (b. 1983), Australian professional racing cyclist
Sir Richard Douglas Lapthorne CBE (b. 1943), British Chairman of Cable and Wireless PLC