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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. [1]

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The surname Logsdon was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Lockton, a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Locheton, part of 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. [2]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Logsdon research. Another 217 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.

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

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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

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  • Wade Logsdon, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1956; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • Thomas Logsdon, American politician, Mayor of Moundsville, West Virginia, 1979-80
  • S. Logsdon, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1907
  • Roy Logsdon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948
  • Henry G. Logsdon, American politician, Representative from Kentucky 3rd District, 1980
  • Harry F. Logsdon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916, 1924, 1928
  • Bill Logsdon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • 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
  • Gene Logsdon (b. 1932), American man of letters, cultural and economic critic, and farmer
  • Kassie Lyn Logsdon (b. 1987), American model, Playboy Playmate of the Month for May 2010

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  • 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. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  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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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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