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The name Lycan arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lycan family lived in Glamorgan. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Lisons, Normandy.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Lysons, Lysans, Lysance, Lysaunce, Lisons, Lisance, Licence, License, Lycence, Lysanse, Lysonse, Liconce, Lyconce, Leyson, Leysons, Lison, Leysaunce and many more.

First found in Glamorgan where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor in Neath. Family tradition has it that the family is of ancient Glamorgan stock which was famous in Neath before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D., but it may also be conjectured that the family originated from Lison, in the department of Calvados, in Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lycan research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1550 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Lycan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Lycan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lycan or a variant listed above: P. Lison who settled in New Orleans La. in 1821; Morgan Lysons settled in Virginia in 1670.

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  • Frank S. Lycan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1912
  • D. Eric Lycan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008, 2012


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Valebit
Motto Translation: He will prevail.

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  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Lycan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lycan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 09:47.

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