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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The family name laswell was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. At this time, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The Normans
frequently identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came from in Northern France, as in the case of the name laswell.
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.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the laswell family
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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... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the laswell family to the New World and Oceana
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)
- Greg Laswell (b. 1974), American musician, recording engineer, and producer
- Bill Laswell (b. 1955), American bassist, producer and record label owner