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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. [1] 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.


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 one of the first records of the name was Alice Longemon who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of that shire in 1275. A few years later Agnes Langeman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 in Berkshire. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longman research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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


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


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

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