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The distinguished surname Lingham emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Lingham family originally lived in the parish of Lingen in the county of Herefordshire. The surname Lingham belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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The surname Lingham was first found in Herefordshire where the village of Lingen still exists today. The village is listed in the Domesday Book as holding 2 manors, land for 7 ploughs, half a league of woodland and at that time was held by Ralph de Mortimer. [1] Limebrook Priory is located south of the village was founded before the time of Richard I by either Ralph de Lingen or Ralph de Mortimer and may be one of the two aforementioned manors. "The first recorded ancestor of this loyal family is Ralph de Wigmore, lord of Lingen, founder of the Priory of Lyngbroke. His son and grandson John took the name of Lingen." [2]

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Lingen, Lingane, Lingham, Lyngbroke and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lingham research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1514, 1466, 1506, 1612, 1662 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Lingham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Lingham:

Lingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm. Lingham, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Fredk. R. Lingham, aged 48, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1897

Lingham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mr. Frederick Risley Lingham, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Frederick R. Lingham, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Edward Lingham, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1909
  • Mary Lingham, aged 30, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1909
  • F. R Lingham, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1912


Lingham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Bessie Lingham, aged 28, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Charles A. Lingham, aged 38, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Adelaide Lingham, aged 26, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1914

Lingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jeremiah Lingham, aged 54, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Ellen Lingham, aged 50, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

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  • Thomas G. Lingham (1874-1950), American silent era actor who appeared in over 100 films
  • Sharon Shobha Devi Lingham (1956-2010), New Zealand entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Lieutenant George Alexander Lingham (1898-1982), Australian World War I flying ace credited with six confirmed aerial victories
  • Vinny Lingham (b. 1979), South African Internet entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Yola, Inc
  • Brigadier John Lingham, British soldier of Sandhurst


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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