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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.

London Early Origins



The surname London was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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London Spelling Variations


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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.

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London Early History


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London Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our London research. Another 203 words (14 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.

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London Early Notables (pre 1700)


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London Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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
  • Humphrey London 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
  • Martha London settled in Maryland in 1739

London Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A London, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John London, who landed in Arkansas in 1882

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) [1]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, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"

London Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph London landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry London landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Henry London, aged 33, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Martha London, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Henry William London, aged 14, a labourer, 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name London (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name London (post 1700)



  • William F. London, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Fairfield, 1926
  • Meyer London (1871-1926), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1915-19, 1921-23; Defeated, 1910, 1912, 1918, 1922
  • Leon London, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 8th District, 1929
  • Ed London, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1948
  • Angela London, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1996
  • Alice London, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Irving London, American physician, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at Harvard Medical School
  • 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"
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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London Historic Events


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London Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald J C London (b. 1912), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Churchill, Somerset, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name London


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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


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. 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).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The London Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The London 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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