laslett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the laslett family

The surname laslett was first found in Worcestershire at Abberton, a parish in the union, and Upper division of the hundred, of Pershore. "Henry VIII. granted the whole of the manor or lordship to Thomas and Francis Sheldon, whose family continued to be owners of the parish, until it passed into the possession of the present proprietor, William Laslett, Esq. Abberton Hall, the manor-house, the seat of Mr. Laslett, is in the centre of the estate, on an eminence overlooking a park of nearly 500 acres of pasture; it stands on a level with the Malvern hills, and commands a mos beautiful panoramic view of the Malvern and Bredon hills, the Lench woods, and vale of Evesham." [1]

Early History of the laslett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laslett research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1586 and 1540 are included under the topic Early laslett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

laslett Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the laslett family name include Leslett, Leslet, Lesslie, Lesslet, Leslitt and others.

Early Notables of the laslett family (pre 1700)

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United States laslett migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the laslett surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

laslett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Laslett, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1868
  • Henrietta Laslett, aged 62, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Laslett, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1895
laslett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Henry Laslett, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1902
  • John C. Laslett, aged 21, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Walter Laslett, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1905
  • Gertrude E. Laslett, aged 25, who landed in America from St. Mary's, England, in 1907
  • John Laslett, aged 24, who landed in America from Capington, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada laslett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laslett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Renee Laslett, aged 28, who settled in Vancouver, Canada, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name laslett (post 1700) +

  • Jason Laslett (b. 1969), retired English international hockey player from Canterbury, Kent
  • Thomas Peter Ruffell Laslett (1915-2001), English historian
  • William Laslett (1801-1884), British Liberal Party politician


The laslett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Finem respice
Motto Translation: Consider the end.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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