Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Langtons

If your family has been in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for generations and your name is Langton you are probably descended from the guy below. If you are a male you probably have the same Y chromosome. Culbert also held property in warwickshire at middleton and perhaps elsewhere. If you are a warwickshire langton you may be descended from him.

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are hot spots for the name Langton.

The first Langton in Nottinghamshire was Geoffrey De Langetone in 1250 A.D.. He lived at Langton House in Kirkby in Ashfield. The estate then stayed in the family for the best part of three hundred years until Culbert (or Culthbert) Langton having no son conveyed it to Christopher FitzRandulph on the marriage to his daughter Jeane (or Jane or Joan) in 1514 or 1515. Jeane is variously said to have been born in 1495 and 1499. She died in 1574.

The property didn't stay in the FitzRandolph family for long and continued to be referred to as Langton Hall or House. White's Directory in 1851 described it as a neat mansion.

Although the mansion passed out of the family's hands there were probably half a dozen generations between Geoffrey and Culbert and consequently plenty of opportunity for younger Langton sons to donate their DNA and increase the numbers of Langtons in the area. If you are a Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire Langton you are probably descended from one of these younger sons. This is particularly true if you hail from Mansfield, Sutton, Chesterfield, Ripley Bolsover, Hucknall, Newark but may also be true in areas to the south and west of Derby and Nottingham such as Burton, Ilkeston Belper and Long Eaton.

Despite the antiquity of the Langton name in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, the name doesn't originate in the two shires. The original Geoffrey De Langetone came from somewhere else. As a place name Langton occurs in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire. There are Langton families in all three of these counties and ultimately we would like to establish which of these families the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire Langtons are related to. However we can't do that without your Y chromosome DNA results. Please take a look at the Langton DNA article on this site and please consider having a test and passing on the results for the greater good of Langtons everywhere. You may even have had a test already and your results are just sitting hidden in an envelope in a draw. You have a great Y chromosome, let future generations know. The most ancient population of Langton are you special guys from alfreton and Codnor. You know the right thing to do-Consult the Langton DNA project

The favourite link is probably Lincolnshire because Doomsday Book tells us there was a Geoffrey there in 1086 and names tend to run in families. However this is by no means conclusive proof and the gap in years is quite long. Without your help and the cooperation of others we will never be able to make the link, none of us will ever know. How fortunate we are to live in an age where science can provide us with the answer if only we use it.