Longforn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Longforn comes from the family having resided in the county of Cumberland. Longforn is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word lang, which means long and the Old Norse word horn simply which means horn. Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in or near a long piece of land that was shaped like a horn.
Early Origins of the Longforn family
The surname Longforn was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from early times. Laugharne (Welsh: Talacharn) is a town in Carmarthenshire, Wales and home to Laugharne Castle which dates back to 1116 and was the meeting place of Henry II of England with Rhys ap Gruffudd in 1171-1172.
Important Dates for the Longforn family
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Longforn Spelling Variations
Longforn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Langhorn, Langhorne, Langharn, Langharne and others.
Early Notables of the Longforn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Langhorne, 1st Baronet (1631-1715), Governor of Madras in the 1670s; Blessed Richard Langhorne (c. 1624-1679), a barrister executed as part of the Popish Plot; Major General Langharne, Commander...
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Migration of the Longforn family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Longforns to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Langhorne, who sailed to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647; Richard Langhorne, who arrived in Rowley, Masachusetts in 1669; Jeremiah and Grace Langhorne, who came to Pennsylvania in 1684.
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