Name Study

Longman

The origins of Daniel's family name

The sobriquet - or 'nickname' - surname, Longman, also found as Langman, was used to distinguish a tall man. It derives from the Middle English, Long-tall, from the Old English pre-7th century 'long/lang', with 'man(n)'.

The first recorded spelling of the name is that of Alice Longemon, in the Worcestershire Subsidy Rolls, dated 1275, in the reign of Edward I. The earliest document we have is the will of Joseph Longman born 1735, a yeoman who farmed land in Thornbury. He is believed to be a brother of John the Peruke Maker but as yet we've no evidence to confirm this.

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