Layland Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Layland Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Layland blazon are the stave, flame, globe and bend. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, sable and argent .

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The staff raguly or ragged staff frequently occurs in heraldry and is intended to show a rough-hewn branch for use as a walking aid or club, and sometimes appear in flame at the top. 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Staff Famously, a ragged staff appears with a bear in the arms associated with the family and county of Warwick in England. 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P458Stave is another form of the staff, meaning a tree branch broken off suitable for use a walking aid, often associated with Pilgrims

Flames can appear as a device on their own, or as an adjunct to many other devices, not all of which we would immediately expect to be on fire! 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fire When described as proper they are gules (red) and or (yellow) and should be drawn to lifelike effect.

A wide variety of inanimate objects 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281 appear in coats of arms, so of them still recognisable today, others now rather obscure. The images used are often simplified and stylised, the globe is a typical case.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Layland Name

Origins of Layland:
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from Leyland, in Lancashire, which means fallow or uncultivated land, from the Olde English pre-7th Century “laegeland” and the Middle English “layland”.  The placename itself noted as “Lailand” in the Domesday Book of 1086; “Leilandia” in the Lancashire Pipe Rolls, near the year 1160 and “Leylond” in the Lancashire Assize Rolls of 1246.  The surname may also acquire from Ealand in Lincolnshire, from the Olde English “ealand”, which means island, land by water.  Walter de Leilande showed in the Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1205. Finally, the surname may be geographical for a resident by the fallow or untilled land from the Olde English word “laege”, fallow.  Robert de Layland noted in the 1219 Assize Rolls of Yorkshire, while the “Calendar of Plea and Memoranda City of London”, shows William de Leylond in 1339.  A notable nameholder was Joseph Bentley Leyland (1811 – 1851), a artist, whose most important works include a statue of Dr. Beckwith of York, in York Minister and a group of African Bloodhounds.

Variations:
More common variations are: Llayland, Laland, Lyland, L Wayland, Leyland, Lealand, Lanande, Lalanda, Laaland, Lauland.

England:
The surname Layland first appeared in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.  Some say well before the Norman Invasion and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Aldulf de Leilande, dated about 1203,  in the “Feet of Fines of Kent”.  It was during the time of King John,  who was known to be the “Lackland”, dated 1199 – 1216.  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 varieties of the original one.

United States of America:
Some of the people with the name Layland who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Henry Layland, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in the year 1653.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Ar. three staves raguly sa. flammant at tho top ppr. Crest—On a terreatrial globe a ahip sailing ppr.
2) Ar. a bend gu. cotised sa.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
5. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
6. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Staff
10. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P458
11. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fire
12. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281