Longeville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Longeville is an old name from Normandy. It comes from when the family lived in Normandy, at Longueville.
Early Origins of the Longeville family
The surname Longeville was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy. The name was "a branch of the house of Giffard, barons of Langueville and Bolbec near Dieppe, Normandy. Osberne de Longueville or Bolbec, with William de Bolbec, Robert Malet, and Gilbert de Menill c. 990, gave the church of Pictariville, Normandy, to religious uses." 
"Henry de Longavilla in 1165 held Lovetot Overton (now called Orton) Longueville in Huntingdonshire, England. Roger de Longueville is mentioned in the same county about 1200 as was William in Herts, and Richard in Buckinghamshire 1190-98. In the early part of the fourteenth century, the existing church of Overton-Longueville was built by one the family, supposed to be commemorated by the mutilated effigy of a knight placed between the chancel and the North chantry. Some have, assigned it to a much earlier date. The knight lies cross legged, with a heater shield on his right arm, and a couchant lion at his feet. In any case it is clear that he was a soldier of the Cross, and the ghastly legend attached to him, and preserved by Bishop Kennet, must be based on some desperate encounter with a Paynum in the Holy Land." 
"The descendants of the Norman Longueville became Lords of Overton. co. Huntingdon, and Wolverton, Bucks; and in one branch vested the barony of Grey de Ruthin. During the great civil war, they arrayed themselves under the royal banner, and suffered, in consequence, loss and confiscation. The chief of the house, Sir Edward Longueville, of Wolverton, was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles I. " 
Early History of the Longeville family
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Longeville Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Longeville, some of which include Longeville, Longevilles, Longueville, Longuevilles, Longville, Longvilles, Longevil, Longvils, Longvile, Longviles, Longevil, Longevils, Langueville, Longevile, Longeviles, Languille, Longuevil, Langeville, Longuevils, Longuevile, Longueviles, de Longeville, de Longevilles, de Longueville, de Longuevilles, de Longville, de Longvilles, Loungeville, Loungville, Longeville de and many more.
Early Notables of the Longeville family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Longeville family
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Longeville has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Longeville were P. Languelle who settled in New Orleans in 1821 at the age of 20; another Langeville who settled in New Orleans in 1823; and C. Languille who settled in New York in 1823..
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- ^ 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)
- ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.