Where did the English Landry family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Landry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Landry are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Landry include Landry, Landray, Landrey, Laundry and others.
First found in Devonshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the oppurtunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Landry or a variant listed above: a large family of Landry who settled in Oxford in Maryland in 1763; including Charles, Elaine, Elizabeth, Jean, Joseph his wife Mary; Judith, Margaret, Marie, and Simon.
Suggested Readings for the name Landry
* The Book of Landry by Nora Lee Clouatre Pollard.
* Grandpa with a Stick by Norma Pontiff Evans.
Some noteworthy people of the name Landry
* Ali Landry (b. 1973), American model and actress best known as the 1996 Miss USA.
* Robert Landry, American Editor
* Thomas Wade Landry, American football player and coach
* Adolphe Landry, French political economist, 1847-1956
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