Lench History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lench family

The surname Lench was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Lench family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lench research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1154, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Lench History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lench Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Lench are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Lench include: Lench, Lench, Lenk, Lenke, Lenky, Lenchy and others.

Early Notables of the Lench family (pre 1700)

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Australia Lench migration to Australia +

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

Lench Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Lench, English convict who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 8 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lench (post 1700) +

  • Ronald G. Lench, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County 2nd District; Elected 1964 [2]
  • Herbert Lench Pottle (1907-2002), Newfoundland born, Canadian politician, MHA for Carbonear-Bay de Verde (1949-1956)


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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