Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Longheed 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 Longheed family
The surname Longheed was first found in Devon
, where the name dates back to at least the 14th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
There are numerous different spellings of the surname.
Early History of the Longheed family
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Longheed Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Longheed has undergone many spelling variations
, including Langmead, Langemead, Langmeed, Langmede, Langemede, Langmaid, Langmayd, Langmade, Longmead, Longmate and many more.
Early Notables of the Longheed family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Longheed family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Longheed were among those contributors: Robert Langmead, who settled at Pouch Cove in Newfoundland in 1841. William Langmayd was registered in Petty Harbour in 1708. Richard Langmeed sailed to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1841 and B.E. Langmade landed in San Francisco in 1852..