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London History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The ancestors of the name London date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the London family lived in the region of London. London is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.


Early Origins of the London family


The surname London was first found in Berkshire, but there are two distinct thoughts as to the origin of the name.

The first is that it was derived from the Anglo-Saxon name Lunden or the Middle Welsh names Llundein or Lundein as mentioned above. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
In this case, it may have been a tribal or personal name. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print

The second thought is that the family were in fact, Norman. In this scenerio, the first record of the family was "William de Londres, one of the conquerors of Glamorgan, 1090, ancestor of the Lords Loundres of Naas." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
This latter entry bodes well for the aforementioned Welsh entry. So as to complicate matters, Thomas de London settled in Scotland before 1163 and William and Robert London were listed in Normandy 1180-95 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae.)


Early History of the London family


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Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1640 and 1714 are included under the topic Early London History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

London Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like London are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name London include: London, Londen, Lunnen, Lundin, Lunden, Londoner, Londner and many more.

Early Notables of the London family (pre 1700)


Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early London Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the London family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name London or a variant listed above:

London Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John London who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • John London, who sailed to Virginia in 1636
  • Humphry London, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Humphrey London, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Humphrey London, who sailed to Virginia in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

London Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter London, who sailed to Virginia in 1703
  • Peter London, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Martha London, who settled in Maryland in 1739

London Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A London, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John London, who landed in Arkansas in 1882 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

London Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Bartholomew London U.E. (b. 1730) born in New Jersey, USA from Greenwich Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1789 married twice having 9 children, he died in 1801 when he was murdered by his second wife Mary (née Osborn) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

London Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane London, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm

London Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph London, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry London, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Henry London, aged 33, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Martha London, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Henry William London, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name London (post 1700)


  • Irving M. London (1918-2018), American hematologist and geneticist, Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Jerry London (b. 1947), American film and television director
  • Jack London (1915-1988), American educator and sociologist
  • John Griffith "Jack" London (1876-1916), American author who is best known for his novel "The Call of the Wild"
  • Fritz Wolfgang London (1900-1954), German-born American physicist
  • Jason London (b. 1972), American actor
  • Charles P. London, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • William F. London, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Fairfield, 1926 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Meyer London (1871-1926), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1915-19, 1921-23; Defeated, 1910, 1912, 1918, 1922 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Leon London, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 8th District, 1929 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the London family



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald J C London (b. 1912), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Churchill, Somerset, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

Suggested Readings for the name London


  • 200 Years of the London Family in America by Opal London Cox.
  • A Genealogical History of One Branch of the London Family in America Since 1636 by Hoyt H. London.

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Citations


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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