The ancient history of the Longwourne name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the county of Cumberland
. Longwourne 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 Longwourne family
The surname Longwourne 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 Longwourne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longwourne 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 Longwourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longwourne Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Longwourne include Langhorn, Langhorne, Langharn, Langharne and others.
Early Notables of the Longwourne 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 Longwourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longwourne family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Longwourne 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.