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Where did the English Longman family come from? What is the English Longman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Longman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Longman family history?

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Longman. It was given to a long and tall person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Longman has appeared include Longman, Longmane and others.

First found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longman research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Longman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Longman arrived in North America very early:

Longman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Longman settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Peter Longman, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Wm Longman, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • An Longman, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Antho Longman, who landed in Virginia in 1665


Longman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Longman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815

Longman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Longman, aged 20, a boat builder, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Martha Longman, aged 23, a housemaid, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870

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  • Evelyn Beatrice Longman (1874-1954), American woman sculptor
  • Frank Chandler "Shorty" Longman (1882-1928), American college football player and coach
  • Phillip Longman (b. 1956), American demographer
  • Thomas Longman (1699-1755), founder of Longman, an English publishing company
  • George Henry Longman (1852-1938), English cricketer
  • Irene Maud Longman (1877-1964), first woman to be elected to the Queensland Parliament, Australia
  • Richard Longman, British racing driver and renowned motorsport preparation expert
  • Mr. B J Longman, British Lieutenant "A", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking


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The Longman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Longman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 November 2014 at 04:17.

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