Lechmere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Lechmere emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Lechmere family originally lived in the settlement of Lashmars Hall in the county of Sussex or in a moor called Lechmere in the parish of Lechlade in Gloucestershire. The surname Lechmere belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Lechmere family

The surname Lechmere was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hanley. "A family of great antiquity, said to have migrated from the Low Countries, and to have received a grant of land called 'Lechmere's Field,' in Hanley, from William the Conqueror." [1] He was granted the Castle of Hanley which is now only traced by the castle moat. Adam de Lechmere succeeded from the first settler who arrived from the Lech, a tributary of the Rhine which departs from the main river at Wyke and running westward, falls into the Maes before Rotterdam in Holland. The castle was reduced during the 18th century, and the family settled at Lechmere's Place.

Important Dates for the Lechmere family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lechmere research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1727, 1613, 1701, 1675 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Lechmere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lechmere Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Lachmere, Letchmere, Lechmere, Lechmear and many more.

Early Notables of the Lechmere family (pre 1700)

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Lechmere migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lechmere Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Lechmere, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lechmere (post 1700)

  • Sir Berwick Hungerford Lechmere (d. 2001), British 6th baronet

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
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