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Langton Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Langton blazon are the double-headed eagle, chevron, lion rampant and bend. The three main tinctures (colors) are or, azure and gules .

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.6The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!The Double-headed eagle is a variant often seen in Germanic heraldry.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 12A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.13The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 14The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised 15Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64 but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms 16Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141. The lion rampant is an example of these modified form, and any family would be proud to have such a noble creature displayed on their arms. Rampant is the default attitude of the lion, raised on its hind legs, facing to the dexter and with front paws extended in a fearsome and powerful pose.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Langton Name

Langton Origin:

England

Origins of Langton:

This surname is of aan English geographical origin from any of the famous places so called from the Old English pre 7th Century “lang” or “long” which means long and “tun,” which means an area bounded by some barriers or settlement. These places are listed as Langton in Leicestershire, or “Langtone” in the Domesday Book of 1086. Langton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, was showing as “Langeton” in the Domesday Book and three churches of the name in Lincolnshire. Langton in Durham, however, noted as “Langadun” near the year 1050, in the “Historia de Sanctus Cuthberto,” derives its second component from the Old English “dun,” which means a slope. The surname was first listed in the second part of the 12th Century. The Castle in Langton, Lincolnshire, was held by the King of Chester and in 1196, Osbert de Langton gave contributions of “two oxgangs and one toft” to the dean and document of Lincoln. Stephen Langton (deceased 1228), was a popular theologian, professor, and poet who was a priest of Canterbury 1207 – 1228, and one Thomas Langton who moved to Virginia in the “Prosperous” in May 1679, was a first traveler in America.

Variations:

More common variations are: Langhton, Langaton, Langeton, Langoton, Langtown, Langdton, Langdon, Longton, Lancton, Lington.

England:

The surname Langton first appeared in Lincolnshire at Langton by Spilsby. Sometimes called Langton by Partney, a hamlet and local church in the East Lindsey county.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Lech, dated about 1250, in the “Chartulary of Ramsey Abbey,” Huntingdonshire. It was during the time of King Henry III who was known to be the “The Frenchman,” dated 1216 – 1272. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling variations of the original one.

Ireland:

Many of the people with surname Langton had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Langton settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Langton who settled in the United States in the 17th century included George Langton arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1658. Jane Langton, Jone Langton, Walter Langton and Walter Langton]r., all came to Maryland in the same year 1667.

The following century saw many more Langton surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Langton who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Daniel Langton arrived in New York, NY in 1816. Thomas Langton came to America in 1822. Thomas Langton arrived in New York in 1822. O M Langton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851.

Australia:

Some of the people with the surname Langton who settled in Australia in the 19th century included Thomas Langton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Anglia” in 1851. Mary Langton arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship “Europa.”

New-Zealand:

Some of the people with the surname Langton who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included G. J. Langton, M. J. Langton, R. G. Langton, F. Langton and Edwin Langton, all arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “St. Leonards” in the same year 1875.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Langton: England 4,436; United States 3,038; South Africa 1,625; Australia 1,285; Canada 709; Zimbabwe 369; Ireland 360; New Zealand 310; Wales 158; Germany 134.

Notable People:

Anne Langton (1804-1893), was an English-born Canadian landscape artist, illustrator and author.

Arthur Langton (1912-1942), was a South African cricket player.

Baden Langton was a co-anchor of CTV National News.

Bennet Langton (1736-1801), was an English author and friend of Samuel Johnson.

Bobby Langton (1918-1996), was an English football player.

Brooke Langton (born 1970), is an American actress.

Christopher Langton (born 1948/1949), is an American computer scientist.

Daniel Langton was a British professor of Biblical history.

David Langton (1912-1994), was a British actor.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Langton, co. Leicester). Described by Burton to be engraved on the monument of Thomas de Langton, at Church Langton. The brisure by a bend denotes these arms to have belonged to a cadet of the family. Az. an eagle displ. with two heads or, a bend sa.
2) (West Langton, co. Leicester). Vair.
3) Visit 1567, the later Langtons, Barons of Newton. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, for Langton, ar. three chev. gu.; 2nd and 3rd, for Banastre, ar. a cross patonce sa. Crest—The head of a maiden affrontée couped below the shoulders ppr. vested gu. cap and necklace or.
4) The barony of Newton descended to the Fleetwoods by an heir female, temp. James I., on the death of Sir Thomas Langton, K.B. Through the Langtons of Broughton Tower, a younger branch of this family, are descended, William Langton, Esq., of Liverpool, Skinner Zachary Langton, Esq., of Barrow House, Derwentwater, and William Langton, Esq., of Manchester, who represent the three remaining branches of that family. Ar. three chev. gu. a canton vair. Crest—An eagle displ. with two heads vert, charged on the breast with a trefoil or. Motto—Loyal au mort.
5) (Baron of Newton, co. Lancaster. The first of this family who settled in co. Lancaster was John de Langeton, son of Robert de Langeton, lord of the manor of West Langton, co. Leicester; he bore for arms a shield vair, as appears by his seal; he m. Alesia, dau. of James Banastre, and sole heiress of his father, Sir Robert Banastre, Baron of Newton, and Lord of Walton-in-the-Dale, co. Lancaster; his brother, John de Langeton, was Bishop of Chichester, 1305-37, and Chancellor of England, d. 1337; Sir Robert de Langeton, Knt., son of John de Langeton, bore three chev. (the arms of Banastre) within a bordure vair, but Ralph de Langeton, Baron of Newton, grandson of Sir Robert de Langeton, abandoned the bordure, as appears by his seal, 1364. Ermine, three chevrons gules (the arms of Banastre) within a bordure vair.
6) (Broughton Tower, co. Lancaster; of the same lineage). Motto—Loyal au mort. Per pale ar. and or, three chev. gu. Crest—A talbot sejant reguard. sa. his ears ar., as allowed by William Eyley, Norroy, 25 June, 1657.
7) (co. Herts; Anne Langton, descended from co. York, m. Thomas Egerton, of London, Mercer. Visit. London, 1568). Ar. three chevronels gu.
8) (Winyard, co. Durham). Ar. a lion ramp. sa. a bordure engr. gu.
9) (Herton, co. Cumberland; James Langton was aged 63, 1591, sixth in descent from Sir Robert Langton, Knt., of Newton, temp. Richard II., the grandson of Sir Thomas Langton, of Walton, co. Lancaster. Visit. Cumberland, 1616). Ar. three chevronels gu. in dexter chief a fleur-de-lis sa.
10) (Lowe, in Hindley, co. Lancaster; descended from Sir Robert Langton, second son of the second Baron of Newton). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. an eagle displ. with two heads vert; 2nd and 3rd, ar. three chevronels gu. Crest—An eagle displ. as in the arms.
11) (Langtonwick, co. Berks). Quarterly, or and gu. a bend sa.
12) (Windsor, co. Berks). Or, a lion ramp. sa.
13) (Berwick). Ar. three leopards’ faces gu.
14) (Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1207-28). Per pale az. and gu. a bend ar.
15) (Walton, co. Chester). Ar. three chev. gu.
16) (Ledall, co. Lancaster). Ar. three chev. gu. Crest—A man’s head sidefaced ppr. hair flotant or, on his head a cap sa. turned up erminois, couped below the shoulders and in armour gu.
17) (Langton, co. Lincoln; a family long seated in that co.). Quarterly, sa. and or, a bend ar. Crest—An eagle or, and wivern vert, their necks entwined reguard.
18) (Stanton and Stanmore, co. Middlesex; granted 7 Dec. 1577). Az. two palets engr. betw. three fleurs-de-lis in chief or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet gu. a demi lion ramp. or, holding in the paws a battle axe ar.
19) (Hudleston, temp, Henry VI.). Az. a chev. erm. betw. three lions ramp. or.
20) Or, on a cross quarterly az. and gu. five roses ar.
21) Ar. a chev. betw. three leopards’ faccs vert.
22) Ar. a chev. betw. three cinquefoils gu.
23) Ar. a chev. sa. betw. three lizards vert.
24) Per fesse or and az. a cross moline gu. over it a bend sa.
25) Or, six annulets sa. three, two, and one.
26) Quarterly, or and az. a cross flory gu.
27) Per pale or and az. a cross flory gu. (another, moline gu. over all a bend sa.)
28) Or, a saltire gu.
29) Barry of six or and gu. a bend ar.
30) (Danganmore, co. Kilkenny; confirmed to Henry Michael Faustinous Langton, Esq., of Danganmore, son of Michael Theobald Langton, Esq., of Bath, by Mary, his wife, eldest dau. and coheiress of Jeremiah Ryan, of Newtown, co. Waterford). Motto—Sursum corda. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Langton, ar. three chevronels gu.; 2nd, Ryan, quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. on a bend ar. six ears of rye sa., 2nd and 3rd, az. a chev. betw. three griffins’ heads erased ar.; 3rd, Comerford, az. a buglehorn ar. stringed gu. betw. three mullets or. Crest—A heart gu. betw. two wings ar.

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1. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
2. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
3. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
5. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
6. The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180
7. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
10. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74
12. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
13. The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
14. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45
15. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
16. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141