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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The lascelles family lived in the village of Lacella in the French region of Orne, where they were titled the Barons of Messie. [1] The family name lascelles was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. At this time, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The Normans frequently identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came from in Northern France, as in the case of the name lascelles.


The surname lascelles was first found in Yorkshire, where the family was "a family of ancient standing in this county, descended from John de Laselles, of Hinderskelfe, now called Castle Howard, in the wapentake of Bulmer, in the North riding, living in the ninth year of Edward II. For seven generations immediately following they were called 'Lascelles alias Jackson.' " [2] Sowerby in the North Riding of Yorkshire was an early home to some of the family. "This place, at an early period, was the property of the Lascelles family, who in the reign of Elizabeth granted it to the Meynells, whose descendant Thomas Meynell, Esq., is now lord of the manor." [3]

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Lascelles, Lassells, Lascell, Lassell, Lasselle, Lasell, Laselle, Lascelle, Lasceles, Lacelles, Lassels, Lacelles, Lacells, Lascells, Lasselis, Lescellis, Lessels and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lascelles research. Another 697 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1165, 1273, 1380, 1574, 1647, 1665, 1801, 1295, 1603, 1668, 1624, 1658, 1624, 1658, 1612, 1667, 1655, 1734, 1719, 1690, 1753, 1737, 1745 and 1713 are included under the topic Early lascelles History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lascelles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name lascelles or a variant listed above:

lascelles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Lascelles who settled in Georgia with his son in 1735
  • Henry Lascelles, who sailed to Georgia in 1735
  • Henry Lascelles, who settled in Georgia in 1735

lascelles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • W. Lascelles, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1749

lascelles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Agnes Lascelles, who settled in New Brunswick in 1825
  • Richard Lascelles, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario


  • Sir Alan Lascelles (1887-1981), English private secretary to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II
  • Mary Lascelles, British professor of English language and literature at Oxford University
  • Henry Ulrick Lascelles GCVO, DL (1846-1929), 5th Earl of Harewood, British peer
  • Henry Thynne Lascelles (1824-1892), 4th Earl of Harewood, British peer
  • Henry Lascelles DL (1797-1857), 3rd Earl of Harewood, British peer and Member of Parliament
  • Henry Lascelles DL (1767-1841), 2nd Earl of Harewood, British peer and Member of Parliament
  • Edward Lascelles (1740-1820), 1st Earl of Harewood, British peer
  • Henry Lascelles (1882-1947), 6th Earl of Harewood, British peer who married Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V, in 1922
  • Sir Francis William Lascelles (1890-1979), British Clerk of the British Parliament in the 1950s
  • Daniel Lascelles, British Supreme Court judge in Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei from 1952 to 1962


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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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