Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Carrickfergus, co. Antrim; confirmed by Preston, Ulster, 1639, to Roger Lyndon, Mayor of that Town, second son of Robert Lyndon, co. Somerset). Sa. a mural crown or, betw. three leopards’ faces ar. Crest—A sea dragon volant vert, armed and langued gu. murally gorged or.
2) (co. Somerset). Sa. three leopards' faces or, (another, ar.). Crest—Five arrows, one in pale and four in saltire, banded and buckled ppr.
3) Az. a mural crown betw. three leopards’ faces ar.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lyndon Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Lyndon Origin:

England, Danish

Origins of Lyndon:

This name is of Viking (Danish) origin of the pre 10th Century and is geographical for the hamlet of Lyndon in the old division of Rutland, near Oakland. The name means the resident at the Hill of Linden (Lime) Trees, and the most common spelling is Linden or Lindon, the latter being an exception of the Irish MacAlindon, and expressed by the poet Patrick Lindon 1668 - 1734, although the Lyndons of Co. Antrim is of the Rutland origin. The Royal symbol is black with a gold crown in the mid of three leopards heads.

Variations:

More common variations are: Lyandon, Lyndoen, Lyandono, Lyndonna, London, Landon, Lindon, Lendon, Lynden, Lynton.

England:

The origins of the surname Lyndon appeared in Cheshire where people held a family seat from early times. Someone say better before the success of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings1066 A.D.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Roger Lyndon, dated about 1639, in the "Mayor of Carrickfergus," Co. Antrim. It was during the time of King Charles I, who was known to be the “The Martyr," dated 1625-1649. 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 Lyndon had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Lyndon landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Lyndon who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Augustin Lyndon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1699.

The following century saw more Lyndon surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Lyndon who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included James Lyndon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1816. Mary Lyndon also landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the same year 1816. Mary Lyndon, who came to Philadelphia in the year 1816. Anthony Lyndon, who arrived in Syracuse, NY sometime between the year 1854 and 1856.

Canada:

People with the surname Lyndon settled in Canada in two different centuries respectively in the 19th and 20th. Some of the individuals with the surname Lyndon who came to Canada in the 19th century included Suson Lyndon, who arrived in Ontario in 1871. Charles Lyndon, who came to Toronto in 1873.

The following century saw more Lyndon surnames come. People with the surname Lyndon who settled in Canada in the 20th century included Deborah Lyndon, who arrived in Toronto in 1903.

Australia:

Some of the individuals with the surname Lyndon who landed in Australia in the 19th century included William Lyndon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Lyndon: England 667; Australia 533; United States 495; Canada 153; New Zealand 118; South Africa 110; Ireland 55; United Arab Emirates 54; Scotland 39; Chile 27.

Notable People:

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 1908 – January 1973), often regarded as LBJ, was an American political leader who gave services as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, entering the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy, from 1961 to 1963. He was a Democrat from Texas, who gave services as a United States Representative from the year 1937 to 1949 and as a United States Senator from 1949 to 1961.

Lyndon Byers was a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Lyndon Emsley was a British chemist.

Lyndon Farnham was a Jersey businessman and leader.

Lyndon Hardy was an American scientist, and writer.

Lyndon Hooper was a Canadian professional soccer player and referee.

Lyndon LaRouche was an American professor, scholar, political activist and founder of the LaRouche movement.

Lyndon Lea was an English entrepreneur and investor, known for co-founding Lion Capital.

Lyndon Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Lyndon blazon are the leopard’s face, mural crown, sea dragon and arrow. The three main tinctures (colors) are sable, or and argent .

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 1. 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 2. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4. 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 5. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6.

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) 7. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 8.

The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry 9. Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage” 10

Crowns are frequently observed in Heraldry 11, but we should not make the mistake of assuming that these are always on Royal arms 12. Many of the orders of nobility across Europe were entitled to wear crowns and coronets, Dukes, Earls, Viscounts and Barons in England each had their own distinctive headwear 13. The mural crown exhibits decoration rather like brickwork, and has battlements on top. It is said to have been award by the Roman legions to the first who breached the walls of a besieged town or fortress. 14

Dragons have a long history in Heraldry and indeed have come to symbolise entire countries. Originally they were perhaps based on garbled descriptions of crocodiles given by returning travellers but soon developed a widely accepted representation. 15 Wade suggests that their appearance signifies “a most valiant defender of treasure”, a trait of dragons that we are still familiar with today. 16The sea dragon is a variant created simply by attaching a fish tail to a normal dragon! 17

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References

  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 5 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 6 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 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:Lion
  • 10 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P65
  • 11 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P184
  • 12 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P138
  • 13 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P350
  • 14 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P142
  • 15 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin
  • 16 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P86
  • 17 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Monsters