Lonsdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lonsdale has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Lonsdale, which was in the county of Lancashire. The original bearers lived in the valley of the Lon, a river that flowed from Westmorland (now part of Cumbria) into Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Lonsdale family

The surname Lonsdale was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Lonsdale family

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Lonsdale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Lonsdale have been found, including Lonsdale, Londsdale and others.

Early Notables of the Lonsdale family (pre 1700)

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United States Lonsdale migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Lonsdale, or a variant listed above:

Lonsdale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Lonsdale, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1722
  • William Lonsdale, a Church Minister, who arrived in South Carolina in 1766
Lonsdale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Lonsdale, on record as a "British Alien" in Rhode Island during the war of 1812
  • John Lonsdale, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • George Lonsdale, who was on record in Washington Co. Pennsylvania in 1824
  • George Lonsdale, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824 [1]
  • James Lonsdale, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lonsdale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adelaide M. Lonsdale, aged 27, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1902
  • Edward Lonsdale, aged 47, who landed in America from Lencastle, in 1906
  • Elizabeth Lonsdale, aged 31, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • Ellen S. Lonsdale, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Elizabeth Lonsdale, aged 1, who settled in America from Wheatley Hill, England, in 1912
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Australia Lonsdale migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lonsdale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Thomas Lonsdale, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [2]
  • Jane Lonsdale (aged 19), a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

New Zealand Lonsdale migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lonsdale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Lonsdale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [3]
  • Mr. S. E. Lonsdale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [3]
  • L. Lonsdale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [3]
  • Miss Lonsdale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [3]
  • Mrs. Lonsdale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lonsdale (post 1700) +

  • Michael Edward Lonsdale Crouch (1931-2020), known as Michael Lonsdale, French actor who appeared in over 180 films and television shows, known for his roles as the villain Hugo, Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, the detective Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day
  • Harold K. "Harry" Lonsdale (1932-2014), American scientist, businessman, and former politician
  • Harry Lonsdale, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1990, 1992, 1992 [4]
  • William Lonsdale (1794-1871), English geologist
  • Hugh Cecil Lowther Lonsdale (1857-1944), English sportsman
  • Harry Lonsdale (d. 1923), English stage and silent film actor
  • Frederick Lonsdale (1881-1954), English dramatist
  • Dame Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971), Irish crystallographer
  • Errol Lonsdale (1913-2003), Indian born, British army Major General
  • Harvey Lonsdale Elmes (1813-1847), English architect, the son and pupil of James Elmes [5]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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