Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Ledlo is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived on a hill beside a babbling river which was later referred to as Ludlow
Ledlo is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Ledlo family
The surname Ledlo was first found in Shropshire
at Ludlow, a market town close to the Welsh
border and in the Welsh
Marches. The first listing of the place name dates back to 1138 where it was listed as Ludelaue and literally meant "hill or tumulus by a rapid," derived from the Old English words hlude + hlaw. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Ludlow was called by the Britons
Dinam, or "the palace of princes," and by the Saxons
Leadlowe, and Ludlowe. One reference claims Robert de Montgomery, kinsman of the Conqueror, fortified the town with walls, and erected most of its stately castle in which he lived until his death in 1094. Yet another reference claims the castle was built by Walter de Lacy in the late 11th century as possession of Ludlow Castle descended through the Lacy family until 1115. Mother Ludlam's Cave or Mother Ludlum's Hole is a small cave in the sandstone cliff of the Wey Valley at Moor Park, near Farnham, Surrey
. The earliest record of the place occurs when a monk named Symon found a spring rising in the cave in the 13th century. Mother Ludlam was claimed to be a white witch who lived in the cave. Her cauldron has been kept in Frensham Church nearby for centuries.
Early History of the Ledlo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ledlo research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1664, 1634, 1617, 1692, 1551, 1588, 1680 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Ledlo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ledlo Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ledlo has been spelled many different ways, including Ludlow, Ludley, Ludloe and others.
Early Notables of the Ledlo family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Ludlow (1590-1664), an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist who helped found the Colony of Connecticut, he directed Boston's first fortification, Castle William in 1634; Edmund Ludlow (Ludlowe) (c.
1617-1692), an English parliamentarian, best known for his involvement... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ledlo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ledlo family to Ireland
Some of the Ledlo family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ledlo family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ledlos to arrive in North America: Roger and Sara Ludlow settled in Nantasket in 1630 with their six children; Edward Ludlow arrived in New York with his wife and five children in 1823..