Latest Discoveries

September 2014

  • Newly discovered dutch village of origin "Langerak, Netherlands".
  • You can see it on the Langton Village Map

    July 2014

  • A solid connection found between the "Langtons of Highworth, Wiltshire" and "Langtons of Castle-Hedingham"
  • Not only are the Highworth Langtons descend from the family in Castle-Hedingham, but we also now have a shield for the family.

    May 2014

  • Several new members of the DNA Project
  • Including several new results from Irish Langtons. You can see them all here.

    April 2014

  • John Langton, Bishop of St. David's and Chancellor of Cambridge University came from Langton by Malton in Yorkshire
  • This Langton bishop was very hard to tie down. John would have probably gone on to even bigger things but he died very shortly after becoming Bishop. We haven't ever been able to figure out which Langton family he was from.

    Although bishop John appears to have held both Langton by Spilsby in Lincolnshire and Church Langton in Leicestershire, we dont think he was actually from either. He cant have been from both, obviously. He held an early prebend near Langton by Malton and he held Fenton, which is in Sherburn in Elmet, where the Langtons of York held land, including a quarry at Huddleston. So we think this links Bishop John to the York Langtons pretty well. Especially as they sold stone to the King, to Yorkminster, and also to Eton college and other colleges at Cambridge, where of course Bishop John was chancellor and overseer of the buildings.

    March 2014

  • George Langton, one of the early settlers of America prior to 1640, has many descendants.
  • Following lengthy research and the submittal of several trees from today’s living descendants, we now have a pretty comprehensive tree in the database

    March 2014

  • New DNA from Glenn Edward Langton of Canada, in the Langton DNA Project
  • His family trace back to Bridlington/Folkton in Yorkshire and his DNA matches Kenneth Arthur Langton, also from the same place, but who's family stayed in England. Now we are researching where this Langton family originally took their name from.

    August 2013

    We now have more than 15 distinct Langton DNA profiles. See the Langton DNA Project.

    May 2012

  • John Langton, Bishop of Winchester and Archbishop of Canterbury (Elect) came from Langton by Horncastle, Lincolnshire
  • All Langton coats of arms have been catalogued, hundreds of variants, and can be found in the Exhaustive Shields article. Many findings came about as a result of this thorough research

    April 2012

    Many of the Langtons who think that they are descended from the Langtons of Langton by Spilsby, are in fact from a different Langton village.

    Probably Lenton in South Lincolnshire, which used to be called West Langton. The DNA proves they are different families - see the Langton DNA Project - and we have lots of evidence that the Langtons of Lenton were prominent in South Lincolnshire. This includes all Langtons descended through the Maidenhead lines.

    February 2012

    The Langton villages are all related to Langdon (long hill) places originally. Article to follow.

    February 2012

    We now have 11 distinct DNA profiles. See the Langton DNA Project.

    November 2011

    We now have the DNA from the Langton family of Langton-by-Spilsby

    We now have 9 Langton sequences a number of which originate as De Langeton suggesting a norman french origin. If our haplogroups were representative of English haplogroups we'd expect 7 group r and 2 group i. Instead we have 4 group i, 2 group j and only 3 group r one of which seems to be rare and possibly non english. this suggests that the majority of Langtons may be norman french in origin and not representative of the normal english population. we suspect other langtons yet to be tested have "Norman" type DNA.

    We believe that we have identified the langton dna from Launton Oxfordshire. Launton was previously called Langeton and we believe people with the surnames Langton and Langston derive from this village. this should be of interest to people in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and bedfordshire who might have assumed a northern origin for their ancestors but who might find on DNA testing that they come from the south.

    October 2011

    The village 'Longton' in Lancashire, was previously known as Langton, and gave rise to a surname.

    We are confident that we have reconstructed the DNA of the Langeton family from the Preston area of North Lancashire. We believe their descendants are called both Langton and Longton. The village of Longton near preston was formerly called Langeton. We now have three Langton/Longton dna sequences from lancashire for Lancastrian langtons to match with; riches indeed! The early tree is in our database.

    September 2011

    The Langtons involved with the Gilbertine Priory at Sempringham did not come from Lincolnshire. They came from Leicestershire. We havent written an article about this yet, but if you are interested in our research on this then send us an email and we will write one. In the meantime, you can a look at the reconstructed early trees for Lincolnshire and Leicestershire here.

    Previous Discoveries

    As this page is new, we are retrospectively building this list for those who are new to the site and want to understand the breakthroughs we have had already. At the moment it is just what i can remember of the top of the my head.

    • Dr Christopher Langton and his son Dr Thomas Langton, each famous physicians in London, came from one of the two Yorkshire families.

    • The Langtons of Nothamptonshire (Teeton, Ravensthorpe, Long Buckby, Haddon, Spraton, Whilton) came from the Langton family of Langton by Partney, Lincolnshire.

    • The Langtons of Staneswick, Shrivenham, Wiltshire descend from the Langtons of Langton by Partney, Lincolnshire, through Dr William Langton, the President of Magdalen college, Oxford.

    • Roger Langton, the early immigrant of Essex, Massachusetts, USA, came from a long line of Langton gentry in Lancashire, England, dating back to the thirteenth century, before that the family came from Leicestershire

    • The early Langton family who appear around the Gower, Wales, come from the Yorkshire family from Langton near Malton.

    • The Langtons of Bristol, Gloucestershire, originate from the family of Langton by Partney/Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

    • The Langtons of Kilkenny Ireland originate from Lancashire or Leicestershire.

    • There are two Langton villages in Yorkshire (Great and Little Langton near North Allerton, and Langton near Malton. The Langton family who were Mayors of York, originated from the latter.

    • Langton by Horncastle in Lincolnshire, also gave rise to a seperate Langton family, though it seems likely to have become extinct fairly early on.

    • Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury came not from Langton-by-Partney/Spilsby, Lincolnshire, but up the road at Langton-by-Wragby.

    • The Langtons who were Barons and Lords of Walton-le-Dale and Newton-le-Willows in Lancashire, originally came from the Langton villages in Leicestershire.

    • Laughton in Bicester was originally called Langton - and it gave rise to a surname.

    • Maddisons Lincolnshire pedigrees for the Langton family of Langton by Partney, Lincolnshire, has a big mistake in it. It's a fairly good pedigree on the whole. However, Maddison gets his Georges muddled up. Its not a surprise, because there are several in the family and the lordship did not pass down the typical line that you would expect. He lists George Langton, the son of Dr William Langton, the president of Magdalen college, Oxford, as being the lord of langton but this is incorrect. This George was a fellow of Magdalen college after his father, and did marry Alice Holloway as stated, but he did not inherit the Langton estate. Neither did his father Dr William Langton. The George Langton that 'inherited' was in fact Dr William Langton's nephew by his brother George. Also he did not 'inherit'; George and his father bought it. This was very difficult to unpick and get right, but we are certain our tree is correct. See this article for some of the details.