Origins Available: English
The Lenneard family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes 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 Lenneard was originally derived from the well-known saint, St. Leonard who was a popular both in England
and in France.
Early Origins of the Lenneard family
The surname Lenneard was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Lenneard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lenneard research.Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1570, 1616, 1615, 1590, 1591, 1604, 1680, 1637, 1709, 1681, 1685, 1698, 1701, 1654, 1715, 1661, 1722 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Lenneard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lenneard Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Lenneard include Leonard, Leonards, Lennard and others.
Early Notables of the Lenneard 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
(1590-1591); Sir Stephen Lennard (c.
1604-1680), 1st Baronet
of West Wickham; and his son... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lenneard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lenneard family to Ireland
Some of the Lenneard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Lenneard family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Lenneard were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Leonard brought his family to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1639 and was killed fighting Indians in 1676. Henry Leonard settled in Massachusetts in 1640.