Origins Available: English, Irish
Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their 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 Lennord was originally derived from the well-known saint, St. Leonard who was a popular both in England and in France.
Early Origins of the Lennord family
Kent where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Lennord family
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Lennord Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Lennord 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. The variations of the name Lennord include: Leonard, Leonards, Lennard and others.
Early Notables of the Lennord family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Lennord family to Ireland
Some of the Lennord family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lennord family to the New World and Oceana
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 Lennord or a variant listed above: John Leonard brought his family to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1639 and was killed fighting Indians in 1676. Henry Leonard settled in Massachusetts in 1640.
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