Lassalle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Lassalle family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in the village of Lacella in the French region of Orne, where they were titled the Barons of Messie.

"William de Lacelles, who in 1165 held two fees in Yorkshire, was plaintiff in a suit against his uncle Ralph for Lacelle and the barony of Messie, which Ralph inherited to him as an inheritance." [1]

"This Norman adventurer seems to have been requited for his services by grants in the Northern Counties, particularly in Yorkshire, where his descendants were seated at a very early period." [2]

Early Origins of the Lassalle family

The surname Lassalle 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.' " [3]

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." [4]

"Roger de Lascelles is mentioned in 1131 as one of the 'men' of Earl of Stephen of Richmond, and held Scruton and Kirby in the North Riding [of Yorkshire]." [5]

Early History of the Lassalle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lassalle research. Another 349 words (25 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 Lassalle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lassalle Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Lassalle were recorded, including Lascelles, Lassells, Lascell, Lassell, Lasselle, Lasell, Laselle, Lascelle, Lasceles, Lacelles, Lassels, Lacelles, Lacells, Lascells, Lasselis, Lescellis, Lessels and many more.

Early Notables of the Lassalle family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roger Lacelles, summoned to Parliament as a Baron in 1295; Richard Lassels (also Lascelles) (c.?1603-1668), English Roman Catholic priest and a travel writer; Thomas Lascelles (Lassells) (ca.1624-1658), English officer in the Commonwealth's army and a landowner; Thomas Lascelles (Lascelles and Lassells) (c.1624-c.1658), an officer in the Commonwealth's army and a landowner; Francis Lascelles (1612-1667), of Stank...
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Lassalle Ranking

In France, the name Lassalle is the 751st most popular surname with an estimated 6,570 people with that name. [6]


Canada Lassalle migration to Canada +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Lassalle arrived in North America very early:

Lassalle Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Simon Lassalle, who landed in Quebec in 1665

Contemporary Notables of the name Lassalle (post 1700) +

  • Thelma V. Lassalle, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1952, 1956 [7]
  • Goldman L. Lassalle (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1912, 1920 [7]
  • François Lassalle -Cezeau, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]
  • Bruno Lassalle (b. 1954), French Painter
  • Jean Lassalle (b. 1955), French politician
  • Jean Lassalle (1847-1909), French operatic baritone
  • Ferdinand Lassalle (1825-1864), German socialist


  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. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  6. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 30) Fran├žois Lassalle. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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