The ancestors of the bearers of the latchem family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 latchem family
The surname latchem 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally, the place name means "smaller homestead, or homestead of a man called Leassa," from the Old English "laessa" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the latchem family
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latchem Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name latchem include Lasham, Lassham, Lassam, Lascham, Lashem, Lashom, Laschem and many more.
Early Notables of the latchem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the latchem family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name latchem or a variant listed above: Ann Lassam, who sailed to America in 1771.