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The name lash finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a doctor. Throughout the Middle Ages, doctors were known as "leaches" as the practice of bleeding sick people was the generally accepted manner of curing them. There are countless people in the Middle Ages who died thanks to the common cold; not because the virus killed them, but because they bled to death on the advice of their physicians. Bleeding was accomplished by placing a dozen or so leaches on the person who was ill so that they could remove the poisons that were making them ill, hence the name "leach" for the occupation of doctor. It is small wonder that illness was so feared in the medieval period; many people died from illnesses that would not have otherwise killed them because their doctors were weakening them through loss of blood.

lash Early Origins



The surname lash was first found in Cheshire 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.

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lash Spelling Variations


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lash 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. lash has been recorded under many different variations, including Leach, Leech, Leche, Leitch, Leich, Leetch and others.

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lash Early History


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lash Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lash research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1325 are included under the topic Early lash History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lash Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lash Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early lash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lash In Ireland


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lash In Ireland



Some of the lash family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 lash or a variant listed above:

lash Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lash, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682

lash Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephn Lash, aged 36, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Joseph Lash, who landed in America in 1764

lash Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Lash, aged 27, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name lash (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name lash (post 1700)



  • William C. Lash, American politician, Independent Progressive Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1924
  • Thomas Lash, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 46th District, 2002, 2004 (Green)
  • Nelson W. Lash, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 86th District, 1974
  • Karen A. Lash, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Israel George Lash (1810-1878), American Republican politician, Delegate to North Carolina State Constitutional Convention, 1868; U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1868-71
  • Genevieve Lash, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Edgar L. Lash, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1952; Mayor of Massillon, Ohio, 1954
  • Zebulon Aiton Lash (1846-1920), Canadian lawyer, civil servant, and businessman

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Suggested Readings for the name lash


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Suggested Readings for the name lash



  • The History of the Descendants of Jacob Lash by Dorothy Smith Lathrop.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The lash Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lash Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 13:19.

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