Longstroth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Longstroth family

The surname Longstroth was first found in Yorkshire in the North Riding at Langstrothdale, a scenic valley in the Yorkshire Dales. Literally the place name means "of the lang strother," in other words, "the long marsh." [1]

Another source claims the name is from the lands of Langthorp(e), also in North Yorkshire which was held Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [2] In this case, the place name meant "outlying farmstead or hamlet of a woman called Langlif," from the Viking personal name + "thorpe." [3] Today, Langthorp is a township, in the parish of Kirkbyon-the-Moor, wapentake of Hallikeld. [4]

Early records of the family are scarce. However, the Register of the University of Oxford records Richard Langstrothyr in 1448 and William Langstrother in 1450. [1]

Early History of the Longstroth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longstroth research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1448, 1676, 1498, 1530, 1514, 1490 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Longstroth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Longstroth Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Langthorpe, Lanthorp, Langthorp, Langthrop, Langthropp, Longthorp, Longthorpe, Longthrup, Longthropp, Langstroth, Langstrath, Langstreeth and many more.

Early Notables of the Longstroth family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Agnes Langstroth (1498-1530) an English woman who allegedly was the illegitimate daughter of Princess Bridget of York. Originally known as Agnes of Eltham, she was an orphan and ward of the Dartford Priory in Dartford, Kent. The Priory was also the home of Princess Bridget of York, younger sister to Elizabeth, queen...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longstroth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Longstroth family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Longstroth or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Longstroth (post 1700) +

  • Mark Longstroth, American District Educator for Horticulture & Marketing at the Michigan State Extension in Paw Paw, Michigan


  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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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