Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the bearers of the Lydem family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the region of Litton
located throughout various counties in England. Lydem 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. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Lydem family
The surname Lydem was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Lydem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lydem research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1615, 1586, 1611, 1581, 1660, 1640, 1648, 1562, 1615, 1615 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Lydem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lydem 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 Lydem include Lytton, Litton and others.
Early Notables of the Lydem family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Lytton of Derbyshire; Sir Roland Lytton (ca. 1562-1615) (also Rowland Litton), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1586 and 1611; Sir... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lydem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lydem 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 Lydem or a variant listed above: William Litton settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and five children and servants; John Litton settled in Virginia in 1623; Nicholas Litton settled in Virginia in 1630..