Laswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Laswell arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Laswell family 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 Laswell family

The surname Laswell 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 Laswell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Laswell 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 Laswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Laswell Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Lascelles, Lassells, Lascell, Lassell, Lasselle, Lasell, Laselle, Lascelle, Lasceles, Lacelles, Lassels, Lacelles, Lacells, Lascells, Lasselis, Lescellis, Lessels and many more.

Early Notables of the Laswell 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...
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Laswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Laswell migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Laswell or a variant listed above:

Laswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliz Laswell, who arrived in New York in 1821 with her eight children

Contemporary Notables of the name Laswell (post 1700) +

  • William Otis "Bill" Laswell (b. 1955), American bassist, producer and record label owner from Salem, Illinois
  • Greg Laswell (b. 1974), American musician, recording engineer, and producer


  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


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