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lavenham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

lavenham is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the lavenham family once lived in the region of Langham in various counties throughout England. lavenham is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the lavenham family

The surname lavenham was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the lavenham family

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lavenham Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the lavenham family name include Lanham, Landham, Lavenham, Lavingham and others.

Early Notables of the lavenham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the lavenham family to the New World and Oceana

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the lavenham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Lanham settled in Maryland in 1758; William Lanham settled in Philadelphia in 1820.

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