Longhead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Longhead is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Langmead, in the county of Devon. This surname was used to refer to those individuals who lived at the lang-mead, which literally means the long meadow.

Early Origins of the Longhead family

The surname Longhead was first found in Devon, where the name dates back to at least the 14th century. [1] There are numerous different spellings of the surname.

Important Dates for the Longhead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longhead research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 180 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Longhead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Longhead 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. Longhead has been spelled many different ways, including Langmead, Langemead, Langmeed, Langmede, Langemede, Langmaid, Langmayd, Langmade, Longmead, Longmate and many more.

Early Notables of the Longhead family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Longhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Longhead migration to the United States

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 Longheads to arrive in North America:

Longhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Longhead, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • R Longhead, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Robert Longhead, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Thomas Longhead, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]

Longhead migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Longhead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Longhead (post 1700)

  • Robert L. Longhead (d. 1855), American politician, U.S. Consul in Dublin, 1854-55 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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