Lentil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Lentil name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the chapelry of Lenthall found in the parish of Aymestrey in the county of Hereford.
Early Origins of the Lentil family
The surname Lentil was first found in Herefordshire at Lenthall. However, later some of the family were found at Yelford-Hastings in Oxfordshire. "This parish, which originally belonged to the family of Hastings, was purchased by Mr. Speaker Lenthall, whose descendant, K. J. W. Lenthall, Esq., is the present lord of the manor."  The same gentleman was later found at Besselsleigh in Berkshire. "Sir Edmund Fettyplace sold [the manor of Besselsleigh], about 1620, to Wm. Lenthall, master of the rolls, and speaker of the house of commons in the Long parliament, from whom it has descended to Kyffin J. W. Lenthall, Esq. The old manor-house was pulled down about fifty years later: Cromwell, who was a frequent visitor, usually concealed himself in a room to which the only access was by a chair let down and drawn up with pulleys. Sir John Lenthall, son and heir of the speaker, and governor of Windsor Castle, was buried in the chancel of the church in 1681." 
Early History of the Lentil family
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Lentil Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lentil has undergone many spelling variations, including Lenthal, Lentall, Lenthall and others.
Early Notables of the Lentil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lentil family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lentil were among those contributors: George Lentall settled in Virginia in 1637; Rowland Lentall settled in Nevis in 1663; Christopher Lentall settled in Philadelphia in 1749; Barbara Lentill settled in Virginia in 1650.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.