Letchworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Letchworth surname is derived from the place name Letchworth, in Hertfordshire. It is thought that the village name comes from the Old English "lycce" or "enclosure" and "worþ" or "homestead."

Early Origins of the Letchworth family

The surname Letchworth was first found in the Rolls drawn up during the reign of King Edward 1 (1272-1307), where there is record of Urban de Letchworth. Among the names in the Poll Tax of 1379 are Thomas de Letchworth and one Johannes de Letchworth. Before the Norman Conquest, the village of Letchworth was held by Godwin of Souberie (Soulbury,) under authority of King Edward the Confessor. By 1086, the Domesday record shows that Letchworth was owned by Robert Gernon, and its value was assessed at "10 hides."

Early History of the Letchworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Letchworth research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1870 and 1885 are included under the topic Early Letchworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Letchworth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Letchworth, Latchworth, Letchworthy and others.

Early Notables of the Letchworth family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Letchworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Letchworth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Letchworth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Ogden P. Letchworth, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Ogden P. Letchworth, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Wilson Letchworth, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Catherine Letchworth, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Geoffrey Josiah Letchworth, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Letchworth (post 1700) +

  • William Pryor Letchworth (1823-1910), American businessman and philanthropist, who donated the land which became Letchworth State Park in New York
  • Rev. Arnold Letchworth (b. 1840), English clergyman, Vicar of St. John's, Kingston
  • Rev. Henry Howard Letchworth, English clergyman, Vicar of Detling, Kent


The Letchworth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ut sibi sic alteri
Motto Translation: Do onto another as to thyself


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