layman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname layman came from the baptismal name for the son of Leman, which was taken from the personal name Liefman. [1]

Early Origins of the layman family

The surname layman was first found in Suffolk at Wenhaston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Blything. "The family of Leman had a [family] seat here. The church is an ancient structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains several monuments to the Leman family." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 provided some of the earliest records of the family, typically with ancient spellings: Leman Bru in Norfolk; Alan filius Leman in Cambridgeshire; Eldred Leman in Somerset; and Thomas Letman in Oxfordshire. [3]

Early History of the layman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our layman research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1616, 1616, 1667, 1645, 1660, 1637, 1701, 1690, 1695 and are included under the topic Early layman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

layman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. layman has been recorded under many different variations, including Leaman, Leamen, Leman, Lemon, Lemmon, Leemon, Limon and many more.

Early Notables of the layman family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Leman, Lord Mayor of London in 1616; Sir William Leman, 1st Baronet (died 1667), an English politician who sat in the House of...
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layman Ranking

In the United States, the name layman is the 3,309th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the layman family to Ireland

Some of the layman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States layman migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name layman or a variant listed above:

layman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannas Layman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [5]
layman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Layman, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name layman (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Walter Layman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1964 [6]
  • Spencer Layman, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1992 [6]
  • Paul Layman Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Pocahontas County Democratic Party, 1983 [6]
  • Oral G. Layman, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1938 [6]
  • O. Guy Layman, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1936 [6]
  • Nelson B. Layman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924, 1928 [6]
  • Jeffery L. Layman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2008 [6]
  • George W. Layman, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 7th District, 1920-21 [6]
  • Brigadier-General Walter G. Layman (1888-1944), American Assistant Chief of Staff Services of Supply US European Theater of Operations (1942-1944) [7]
  • Jason Layman (b. 1973), American NFL football offensive lineman
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary  Layman, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]

Suggested Readings for the name layman +

  • Layman-Lehaman Records and Lines by Laurine Mae Palmerton Logdson.

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Walter Layman. Retrieved from
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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