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Lessing Early Origins



The surname Lessing was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Lessingham, held by a steward of the king who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Lessing Spelling Variations


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Lessing Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Lessingham, Lesingham, Lesingam, Lissingham and many more.

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Lessing Early History


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Lessing Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lessing research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1452 is included under the topic Early Lessing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lessing Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lessing Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lessing Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lessing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Leonard Lessing, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lessing (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lessing (post 1700)



  • Lawrence Lessing, American associate editor of Fortune Magazine
  • Doris May Lessing CH (1919-2013), Iranian-born, British novelist, poet, playwright, biographer and short story writer, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), German man of letters
  • Edward Albert Lessing, British Liberal Party politician
  • Simon Lessing (b. 1971), British athlete who competes in triathlon

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Lessing Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Lessing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lessing 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.

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