Lennard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The earliest origins of the name Lennard date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name for Leonard. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In this case the surname Lennard was originally derived from the well-known saint, St. Leonard who was a popular both in England and in France.
Early Origins of the Lennard family
The surname Lennard was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Lennard family
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Lennard Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lennard include Leonard, Leonards, Lennard and others.
Early Notables of the Lennard family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Lennard, 12th Baron Dacre (1570-1616), an English Baron and politician; Sampson Lennard (died 1615), of Chevening in Kent, an English Member of Parliament, High Sheriff of Kent (1590-1591); Sir Stephen Lennard (c. 1604-1680), 1st Baronet of West Wickham; and his son...
Migration of the Lennard family to Ireland
Some of the Lennard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Lennard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Lennard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century