The name lasonby first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Lazonby, in Cumberland
, or in Lazenby, in Yorkshire
. The place-name Lazenby and Lazonby have the same etymology. They are derived from the Old Scandinavian words leysingi,
which meant "freed men," and by,
which meant farm or enclosure. The place-name as a whole means "farm of the freed men." It is possible that the name is derived from the old Scandinavian personal name
Leysingr. The Scandinavians have had a lasting impact on the north of England
, thanks to the waves of pillage, invasion and colonization which started in the eighth and 9th centuries and ended in the 10th. There are many place-names in the north of England
which have Norse and Scandinavian elements.
Early Origins of the lasonby family
The surname lasonby was first found in Yorkshire
at Lazenby (Lazonby), which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Lesingebi CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and was in "the land of the King in Yorkshire." Lazonby is a parish, in the union of Penrith in Cumberland
on the west bank of the river Eden. A Roman road passes from north to south, and another intersects the parish in a direction towards Salkeld Gate. At Castle Rigg are the ruins of a moated building. There are also several cairns in the area. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the lasonby family
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lasonby Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name lasonby has appeared include Lazenby, Lazinby, Lasynbi, Laysynby, Lasinby and many more.
Early Notables of the lasonby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lasonby family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name lasonby arrived in North America very early: Thomas Lazenby, who arrived in Virginia in 1672; William Lazinby who arrived in Maryland in 1744; William Lazenby, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1772.