Dunning de Lathom

Dunning de Lathom

Male Abt 1031 - 1092  (~ 61 years)    Has no ancestors but more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Dunning de Lathom 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born Abt 1031  Saxon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Oct 1092  Laxton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 14 Oct 1092  Laxton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I572576  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2010 

    Family Marigard of Essex,   b. 6 Feb 1032-1033, Laxton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1073, Laxton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Children 
     1. Earl Siward FitzDunning de Lathom,   b. 4 Jul 1073, Laxton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1094-1095, Laxton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2010 
    Family ID F245328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sir Dunning was a traitor to his Saxon heritage and was appointed by the Norman invaders as the first Norman Lord of Lathom. He and his wife, Lady Marigard De Essex are from the 2nd generation in an unbroken line of 35 generations. They share this distinction with Lord Henry De Chester, Jr. and his wife, Lady Helen Tudor. He died of pneumonia.
      The original meaning of the pla ce name Lathom or Latham was 'the barn house', which probably meant a warehouse or storehouse. The 2 earliest names were the Chapelry of Lathom, in County Lancaster, England, and Latham, in Yorkshire, England
      The first one to bear the Latham surname was a Saxon traitor named Dunning, who was living in County Lancaster about the time of the Norman conquest in 1066 A.D. Because of his collaboration with the Normans and his betrayal of his Saxon heritage, the Normans rewarded Dunning with the lordship of Lathom, the title of Earl, and with a knighthood. Thus Dunning, traitor to the Saxon people, became Sir Dunning Latham, Earl of Lathom in the Spring of 1067 A.D.
      In both early English and American records, the surname Latham or Lathom has taken on many different spellings. The most common of these are: Latham, Lathem, Lathim, Lathom, Lathome, Lathum, Le athom, Leethem, Lethem and Lathom. The probably reason for the various spellings in the fact that so many of our early ancestors could neither read nor write. Whenever it was necessary for a name to be written down by someone who could read and write, it was sounded out by different people differently and over the years as literacy improved, the wrong spellings have become the traditional way the various families chose to spell it. The spelling Latham is the one that is the most common usage and is surely the original spelling. In early English history, 7 distinct clans of Lathams emerged and could be found in the following counties, Lancaster, which was Sir Dunnings direct descendents, York, Somerset, Chester, Essex, Worcester and in London. Over the years the Latham family has been prolific, and many of them produced very large families indeed!
      The average sized Latham family has been between 7 to 10 children. Early families have been founded both by landed gentry and by the lower landless classes referred to as yeoman.


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