Langham Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Langham Origin:

England, Ireland, Wales

Origin of Langham:

It is an interesting English surname. Listed in different spelling forms such as Langham, Langam, Lanham, and the languages Lankom, Lankon, and Lancum. It is a regional surname from one or probably all of the hamlets named Langham or Laneham in the divisions of Suffolk, Dorset, and Norfolk. All these hamlets arise in the popular Domesday Book of the year 1086, and all have the similar meaning. It is the ‘the lengthy farm,’ though absolutely why an area should be long as across short, an explanation that is not intentionally listed, we are not able to say. Regional surnames frequently were given as a source of recognition to those who migrated from their original homelands to anywhere in search of work. Early examples of the name listings derived from remaining parish records of the 16th century consist of John Lanham and Mary Mason who married in January 1572 at St. Nicholas Acons, London, and Elizabeth Lancum married Thomas Kempe in the parish of St Mary Somerset, also city of London, in May in the year 1628.


More common variations of this surname are: Langhaim, Langhame, Lanagham, Langhham, Llangham, Lahngham, Langam, Langhm, Lowangham, Leanghaim.


The name Langham was first organized in Down part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, anciently recognized as Division St Mirren, where they held a family seat from early times.


The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Walter de Langham, which was dated 1201, in the Pipe Rolls of the division of Dorset. It was during the time of King John of England, dated 1199 – 1216. The origin of surnames during that time became an important requirement for the development of personal taxation. It came to be known as census Tax in England. Surnames all over the country started to develop, with different and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Langham settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Langham who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Christopher Langham at the age of 26, settled in New York in 1633. Christopher Langham, who landed in New York in 1633. George Langham, who came in Maryland in 1652 – 1658. Phillip Langham, who arrived in Virginia in 1658. Phillip Langham who settled in Virginia in the year 1658.

Some of the people with the name Langham who settled in the United States in the 18th century included James Langham, who came to Virginia in 1700.

Some of the individuals with the name Langham who settled in the United States in the 19th century included John Langham, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in 1869.


Some of the people with the name Langham who settled in Australia in the 19th century included William Langham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Psyche” in 1849. James Langham at the age 20 came to South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship “Mallard.”

New Zealand:

Some of the people with the name Langham who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included Thomas Langham at the age of 33, Catherine Langham at the age of 31, Mary Ann Langham, at the age of 5 and Thomas Langham, at the age of 2, all arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Bombay” in the same year in 1865.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Langham: United States 4,346; England 2,070; Wales 68; Australia 880; Scotland 125; Canada 137; South Africa 219; Germany 134; France 110; New Zealand 102.

Notable People:

Antonio Langham (born 1972), is an old American professional footballer.

Bianca Langham-Pritchard (born 1975), is an Australian player in field hockey.

Chris Langham (born 1949), is a British comedian.

Elias Langham (1749–1830), was an American leader and fighter.

Franklin Langham (born 1968), is an American professional golf player

J. N. Langham (1861–1945), was an American congressman from Pennsylvania.

Michael Langham (born 1919), is a British artist and producer.

Nat Langham (1820–1871), was an English fighter

Sophie Langham is an English entertainer.

Wallace Langham (born 1965), is an American artist.

Wright Haskell Langham (1911-1972), was a specialist in the fields of plutonium exposure, aerospace, and medicine.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Cottesbrooke Park, co. Northampton, bart.). Motto—Nec sinit esse feros. Ar. three bears’ heads erased sa. muzzled or. Crest—A bear’s head erased, as in the arms.
2) (co. Essex). Ar. a fesse gu. a label az.
3) (co. Leicester). Az. a chev. embattled betw. three cinquefoils or.
4) (Coinsholme, co. Lincoln). Az. a chev. embattled betw. three cinquefoils or. Crest—A hare’s head erased ar.
5) (Gopsall, co. Leicester; Robert Langham, living 19 Richard II., 1395, son of Reginald Langham, and grandson of Robert Langham; the eventual heiress of tho family, the dau. of Edward Langham, m. Richard Everard, Esq., of Shenton, co Leicester, who d. 1550. Visit. Leicester, 1619). Ar. three bears’ heads couped sa. muzzled or.
6) (co. Northampton, and Pailton, co. Warwick. Visit. Warwick). Ar. on a fesse betw. three bears’ heads erased sa. muzzled or, as many bezants.
7) Ar. a fleur-de-lis betw. three bears’ heads erased sa. muzzled gu. Crest—Out of a coronet gu. a bear’s paw sa. holding a sword ar. pommelled or.
8) Barry of six or and az. on a bend gu. three cinquefoils ar.
9) Ar. a fesse gu.
10) Az. a bend or, betw. three cocks ar.