Origins Available: English
Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Longfent is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the region of Langland.
Longfent 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 Longfent family
The surname Longfent was first found in Lincolnshire
where the name was derived from the Old English lang or long + land, collectively meaning "long land" referring to a long strip of land. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early History of the Longfent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longfent research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1531, 1696, 1521, 1332 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Longfent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longfent Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Longfent has been spelled many different ways, including Langland, Longlande, Longlands, Langlande and many more.
Early Notables of the Longfent family (pre 1700)
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longfent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longfent family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Longfents to arrive in North America: Jennit Langland settled in New York in 1822 with four children; William Langland settled in Virginia in 1650.
The Longfent Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: I hope.