lathan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the lathan surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 lathan surname were dwellers at the barns.  
Early Origins of the lathan family
The surname lathan was 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  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. The lands were "bestowed by Robert de Lathom upon the newly-founded priory of Burscough in 1189." 
Presumably one of his descendants, Robert de Lathom in 1292 was sued by Richard, son of John de Burscough concerning a tenement in Burscough, but the case was non-suited." 
"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. " 
At Whiston in the parish of Prescot, "in the reign of Richard II. the Lathoms had estates here, which descended through several generations; and the Torbocks, of whom the Lathoms were a branch, were, at a very remote period, possessed of Rudgate, in this manor." 
The parish of Huyton was another ancient family seat. "The Lathoms were early proprietors, being mentioned in the reign of Henry III. The original church was of considerable antiquity, having been granted to the priory of Burscough, at the time of its foundation, by the first (aforementioned) Robert de Lathom." 
Early History of the lathan family
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lathan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname lathan include Latham, Lathem, Lathom and others.
Early Notables of the lathan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lathan family to Ireland
Some of the lathan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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lathan migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
lathan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Lathan, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 
lathan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Lathan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1825 
- Robert Lathan, who landed in South Carolina in 1825 
Contemporary Notables of the name lathan (post 1700) +
- Dwayne Lathan (b. 1989), American basketball player
- Trayvon Lathan (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
- Raymond Lee Lathan (1915-1996), American politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Rob Lathan, American comedian based in New York City
- Stan Lathan (b. 1945), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated television and film director and television producer, known for his work in Sesame Street (1969), The Steve Harvey Show (1996) and Roc (1991)
- Terry Lathan, American former public school teacher and political activist
- Sanaa McCoy Lathan (b. 1971), American two-time Black Reel Award winning actress and voice actress
- Terry Lathan, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2012 
- Melroy Lathan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 
- Jerry Lathan (b. 1956), American Republican politician, Contractor; Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2000; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2004, 2012 
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The lathan Motto +
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 Translation: Equanimity
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