lassham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

lassham is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the lassham family once lived in the village Lasham, in Hampshire which was the site of an old stretch of King's Land called Lascham Wood.

Early Origins of the lassham family

The surname lassham was first found in Hampshire at Lasham, a small village and civil parish in the East Hampshire district that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was recorded at Esseham. [1] Literally, the place name means "smaller homestead, or homestead of a man called Leassa," from the Old English "laessa" + "ham." [2]

Important Dates for the lassham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lassham research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1295, 1583, 1800, 1808 and 1809 are included under the topic Early lassham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lassham 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 lassham family name include Lasham, Lassham, Lassam, Lascham, Lashem, Lashom, Laschem and many more.

Early Notables of the lassham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the lassham family

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 lassham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Ann Lassam, who sailed to America in 1771.

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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