In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Longsirn surname lived in the county of Cumberland
. Longsirn 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 Longsirn family
The surname Longsirn was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from early times. Laugharne (Welsh: Talacharn) is a town in Carmarthenshire
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.
Early History of the Longsirn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longsirn research.Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1608, 1620, 1648, 1663, 1678, 1730, 1754, 1766, 1795, 1631, 1715, 1670, 1624, 1679, 1644, 1735, 1779 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Longsirn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longsirn Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Longsirn are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Longsirn include: Langhorn, Langhorne, Langharn, Langharne and others.
Early Notables of the Longsirn 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longsirn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longsirn family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Longsirn or a variant listed above: 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.