Lench History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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
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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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Migration of the Lench family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Lench or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Lench (post 1700) +
- Ronald G. Lench, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County 2nd District; Elected 1964 
- Herbert Lench Pottle (1907-2002), Newfoundland born, Canadian politician, MHA for Carbonear-Bay de Verde (1949-1956)
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