This name LADDS was an English occupational name for a servant, derived from the Middle English word LADDE. The word first appears in the 13th century, and at first meant 'servant' or 'man of humble birth', the modern meaning of 'young man', boy being a later shift. The name was originally from the polish name 'LADA'. Many modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Early records of the name mention a certain Roger Ladde of County Huntingdonshire, who appears in the year 1273, and Thomas Ladde was documented in the same year in Cambridge. John le Ladde was recorded during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Later instances of the name include William Callaway and Joane Lad (widow) who were married in London in 1587. James, son of John Ladd, was baptised at St. James's, London in the year 1688. Most American bearers of this name trace their ancestry to a certain Daniel Ladd who emigrated from London to Ipswich, Massachusetts in the year 1634. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'.
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