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Where did the English latham family come from? What is the English latham family crest and coat of arms? When did the latham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the latham family history?

The name latham first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Latham in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in Lathom in Lancashire and Laytham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Latham was originally derived from the Old Norse word hlathum, which is the plural form of hlath, which means a barn. Therefore the original bearers of the latham surname were dwellers at the barns.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name latham has appeared include Latham, Lathem, Lathom and others.

First found in Lancashire at Lathom, a village and civil parish about 5 km northeast of Ormskirk. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Latune [1] and later as Lathum in 1200, and Lathom in 1223. One of the earliest records of the name was Robert Fitzhenry de Lathom who held lands throughout south Lancashire in 1189. "This place was the seat of the Lathom family, of whom Robert de Lathom, in the reign of Edward I., received the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, and whose baronial mansion of Lathom House, remarkable for its extent and magnificence, and formidable for its strength, afterwards became so conspicuous in history. " [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our latham research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1610 and 1677 are included under the topic Early latham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early latham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the latham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name latham arrived in North America very early:

latham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Latham, who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620 after arriving on the "Mayflower"
  • Robert Latham, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Carey Latham settled came to New London Conn in 1630
  • Jane Latham, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Wm Latham, who landed in Virginia in 1653


latham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Latham settled in Virginia in 1735

latham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Latham, who arrived in Maryland in 1802
  • Henry Latham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Elias Latham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Hugh Latham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Martha Latham, who landed in New York, NY in 1815


latham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Latham arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Peter Latham, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Henry Latham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849
  • John Latham, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

latham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Latham landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Latham landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
  • T. Latham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • William Latham, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Hannah Latham, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876


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  • Woodville Latham (1837-1911), American Major with the Confederacy during the American Civil War, and professor of chemistry at University of West Virginia
  • John Cridland Latham (1888-1975), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
  • Milton Slocum Latham (1827-1882), American Governor of California (for five days) and United States Senator
  • Tom Latham (b. 1948), American politician, member of the US House of Representatives for Iowa (1994-)
  • Mr. George Latham (d. 1915), English Second Electrician from New Brighton, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Robert Gordon Latham (1812-1888), English ethnologist and philologist
  • Mr. Alec T Latham, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick† Latham (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Freda† Latham (1907-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Ms. Agnes Latham, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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  • The Ancestry of Arthur Wood Latham by Margaret Latham Worden.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aequanimitate
Motto Translation: Equanimity

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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The latham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The latham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 June 2015 at 15:56.

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