Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Lidlow surname lived on a hill beside a babbling river which was later referred to as Ludlow Lidlow is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Lidlow family
Shropshire at Ludlow, a market town close to the Welsh border and in the Welsh Marches. The first listing of the place name dates back to 1138 where it was listed as Ludelaue and literally meant "hill or tumulus by a rapid," derived from the Old English words hlude + hlaw. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Ludlow was called by the Britons Dinam, or "the palace of princes," and by the Saxons Leadlowe, and Ludlowe. One reference claims Robert de Montgomery, kinsman of the Conqueror, fortified the town with walls, and erected most of its stately castle in which he lived until his death in 1094. Yet another reference claims the castle was built by Walter de Lacy in the late 11th century as possession of Ludlow Castle descended through the Lacy family until 1115. Mother Ludlam's Cave or Mother Ludlum's Hole is a small cave in the sandstone cliff of the Wey Valley at Moor Park, near Farnham, Surrey. The earliest record of the place occurs when a monk named Symon found a spring rising in the cave in the 13th century. Mother Ludlam was claimed to be a white witch who lived in the cave. Her cauldron has been kept in Frensham Church nearby for centuries.
Early History of the Lidlow family
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Lidlow Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Lidlow 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 Lidlow include: Ludlow, Ludley, Ludloe and others.
Early Notables of the Lidlow family (pre 1700)
(c. 1617-1692), an English parliamentarian, best known for his involvement...
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Migration of the Lidlow family to Ireland
Some of the Lidlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lidlow family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lidlow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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