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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.

Lingham Early Origins



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

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Lingham Spelling Variations


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Lingham Spelling Variations



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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Lingham Early History


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Lingham Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Lingham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lingham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lingham 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



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Lingham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lingham (post 1700)



  • 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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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)
  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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 10:58.

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