Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Lisenbay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Lazonby, in Cumberland
, or in Lazenby, in Yorkshire
. The place-name Lazenby and Lazonby have the same etymology. They are derived from the Old Scandinavian words leysingi,
which meant "freed men," and by,
which meant farm or enclosure. The place-name as a whole means "farm of the freed men." It is possible that the name is derived from the old Scandinavian personal name
Leysingr. The Scandinavians have had a lasting impact on the north of England
, thanks to the waves of pillage, invasion and colonization which started in the eighth and 9th centuries and ended in the 10th. There are many place-names in the north of England
which have Norse and Scandinavian elements.
Early Origins of the Lisenbay family
The surname Lisenbay was first found in Yorkshire
at Lazenby (Lazonby), which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Lesingebi CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and was in "the land of the King in Yorkshire." Lazonby is a parish, in the union of Penrith in Cumberland
on the west bank of the river Eden. A Roman road passes from north to south, and another intersects the parish in a direction towards Salkeld Gate. At Castle Rigg are the ruins of a moated building. There are also several cairns in the area. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Lisenbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lisenbay research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1632 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Lisenbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lisenbay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Lisenbay has been spelled many different ways, including Lazenby, Lazinby, Lasynbi, Laysynby, Lasinby and many more.
Early Notables of the Lisenbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lisenbay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Lisenbays to arrive in North America: Thomas Lazenby, who arrived in Virginia in 1672; William Lazinby who arrived in Maryland in 1744; William Lazenby, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1772.