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Where did the English Logsdon family come from? What is the English Logsdon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Logsdon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Logsdon family history?

The name Logsdon arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Logsdon family lived in Lockton, which was the name of a chapelry in the parish of Middleton, in North Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Lockton is derived from the Old English word loc(a), which means enclosure. In Old English, this word took on the additional meaning of a bridge. The second part of the place-name ton is derived from the Old English word tun, which means settlement or village.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Lockton, Lokton, Lockston, Loxton, Loketon, Locktone, Lockten and many more.

First found in Yorkshire (North Riding) where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, in the Domesday Book, [1] Lockton is shown as the King's land and the under-tenant from whom this family name is conjecturally descended remains a mystery but was probably one of the King's favorites.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Logsdon research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Logsdon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Logsdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Logsdon or a variant listed above:

Logsdon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edgar I. Logsdon, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Minnie Logsdon, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Robt Logsdon, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • W. Robert Logsdon, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Carl Logsdon, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

Logsdon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • John Logsdon, aged 52, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1923


  • Val Logsdon Fitch (b. 1923), American nuclear physicist
  • John Logsdon, former Director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University, current member of the NASA Advisory Council
  • Gene Logsdon (b. 1932), American author, cultural and economic critic
  • Gerry Logsdon (b. 1975), American professional football player
  • Kassie Lyn Logsdon (b. 1987), American model, Playboy Playmate of the Month for May 2010
  • Gene Logsdon (b. 1932), American man of letters, cultural and economic critic, and farmer
  • Joseph Logsdon (1938-1999), American historian and professor at University of New Orleans, known for his collaboration with Sue Eakin on the 1968 edition of Twelve Years a Slave


  • Durbin and Logsdon Genealogy with Related Families by Betty Jewell Durbin Carson.
  • Logdsons, Roots and Branches by Mattie T. Logdson.

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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)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. 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).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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

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