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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Lenner came 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 Lenner was originally derived from the well-known saint, St. Leonard who was a popular both in England and in France.

Lenner Early Origins



The surname Lenner was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Lenner Spelling Variations


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Lenner Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lenner family name include Leonard, Leonards, Lennard and others.

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Lenner Early History


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Lenner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lenner 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 Lenner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lenner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lenner Early Notables (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...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lenner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lenner In Ireland


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Lenner In Ireland



Some of the Lenner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lenner surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Lenner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Lenner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Lenner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Lenner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William Lenner, aged 62, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Barbara Lenner, aged 16, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Christian Lenner, aged 12, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • Francis Lenner, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Lenner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lenner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 January 2014 at 08:43.

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