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The surname Lestrange is derived from a nickname in the Old French. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends that portrayed animals behaving as humans. The Old French nickname Lestrange, meant "stranger." It would have been given to someone who was new in the village or parish. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Lestrange Early Origins



The surname Lestrange was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Knockyn (Knockin.) "The parish derives its name from a castle founded here by the family of L'Estrange, who possessed the manor in the reigns of Henry II. and Henry III., the latter of whom directed a precept to the sheriff of the county, commanding the aid thereof, to enable John L'Estrange to erect part of the 'Castle of Cnukyn,' and to repair the rest for the defence of the borders. His son received from the same monarch the grant of a weekly market, and a fair on the eve and morrow of the festival of St. John the Baptist. Madoc, a Welsh nobleman, headed an insurrection, and defeated Lord Strange at Cnukyn." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another source claims Guy Le Strange had the castle built between 1154 and 1160 and it is not known when the castle was abandoned. Little is left of Knockin Castle today other than mounds of the original fortification. In 1540, Leland described it as 'a ruinous thing.' Brittany and it is recorded that during a great tournament at Castle Peverel in Derbyshire about 1120 attended by Owen, Prince of Wales, and a son of the King of Scots, and two sons of the Duke of Brittany, one of whom was Guy L'Estrange. It is from Guy, that the several branches of the family L'Estrange descended. Sixth in descent from Guy was John L'Estrange, Baron L'Estrange. He gave to his brother about 1320, Hamon L'Estrange, the manor of Hunstanton in Norfolk, a manor which he had held since about the year 1210.

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Lestrange Spelling Variations


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Lestrange Spelling Variations



The Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, and therefore, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled L'Estrange, Lestrange, Estrange, L'Estrang, Estrang and many more.

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Lestrange Early History


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Lestrange Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lestrange research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1506, 1532, 1616, 1704, 1605, 1660, 1559, 1604, 1655, 1631, 1656, 1632, 1669, 1661, 1724, 1689 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Lestrange History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lestrange Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lestrange Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Guy L'Estrange, son of the Duke of Brittany; and Sir Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704), an English pamphleteer and author, strong defender of royalist claims; Hamon L'Estrange (1605-1660), an English writer on history, theology and liturgy, of Calvinist views from Sedgeford, Norfolk; Richard...

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

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Lestrange In Ireland


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Lestrange In Ireland



Some of the Lestrange family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 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



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lestrange family to immigrate North America:

Lestrange Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Lestrange, who sailed to Maryland in 1726

Lestrange Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Lestrange, who came to Philadelphia in 1836
  • Elizabeth Lestrange, aged 45, landed in New York in 1854
  • Patrick Lestrange, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Patrick Lestrange, who came to Philadelphia in 1860
  • Patrick Lestrange, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lestrange Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Katherine Lestrange, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Mullinger, Ireland, in 1909
  • Constance Collier Lestrange, aged 30, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Frank Lestrange, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1924
  • Joseph Leonard Lestrange, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1924
  • Leslie Lestrange, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lestrange (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lestrange (post 1700)



  • Toby L'Estrange (b. 1988), American rugby union player for the United States national team
  • Sir Roger L'Estrange (d. 1762), 7th Baronet of Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • Sir Henry L'Estrange (d. 1760), 6th Baronet of Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • Matthew Gerrard "Gerry" L'Estrange (1917-1996), Irish Fine Gael politician, Minister of State at the Department of Defence (1981)
  • Henri L'Estrange (b. 1842), known as the Australian Blondin, an Australian tightrope walker and aeronautical balloonist
  • Augustin de Lestrange (1754-1827), French Trappist abbot
  • Gisèle Lestrange (1927-1991), French graphic artist who illustrated the works of a number of well-known poets of her time
  • Heath L'Estrange (b. 1985), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Laurence Percy Farrer L'Estrange, British member of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service with various posts in Latin America

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  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. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Lestrange Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lestrange 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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