Longwede History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Longwede 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 Longwede family

The surname Longwede was first found in Devon, where the name dates back to at least the 14th century. [1] There are numerous different spellings of the surname.

Important Dates for the Longwede family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longwede research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 180 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Longwede History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Longwede Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Longwede has been recorded under many different variations, including Langmead, Langemead, Langmeed, Langmede, Langemede, Langmaid, Langmayd, Langmade, Longmead, Longmate and many more.

Early Notables of the Longwede family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Longwede family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Longwede or a variant listed above: 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..

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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