Early Landrys in France
The following is quoted from the Landry Home Page.
"The surname Landry, considered to be the second oldest name in France, is a name steeped in history, religion, and culture. Numbering among its members no less than three saints, the name has also lent its name to towns in France, Canada, and the United States. It was not until the early Middle Ages that surnames were introduced to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same personal or Christian name. With the growth in population, and in documentation necessitated by the expanding administrative machinery of medieval rulers, surnames became essential. Generally, these names fall into four categories:
The French family name Landry falls into several categories. It is of patronymic origin, belonging to that category of names derived from the first name of the father or ancestor. In this case, the name simply denotes "the son of Landry", a popular personal name during the medieval period, early forms of which included Landri, and the regional variant Landry. Today in France, the name is also found in the forms of Landrin and Landron. The name is in fact, of ultimate Germanic origin, being derived from the old baptismal name "Land-rick", a composite name which signifies, literally, "land/country-powerful". It appears that is has also both occupational and characteristic origin. It is believed to be associated with "the officer who superintended the washing department". Different spellings of the same original surname are a common occurance. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Landry to be,
(Londry, Londeree – my additions)
It appears, however, that it is not known for certainy (sic) when the name was first
recorded. Although Landry is a common name in France, it is not found throughout France. Rather it seems to have been concentrated around three small villages, south of the town of Loudon, province of Poitou.
"I am given to understand that the Landry name is well known in the area around
Loudun in Poitou (N. Bujold and M. Caillebeau, Les origines francaises des premieres familles acadiennes:le sud Loundais (Poitiers:Imprimeirie L'Union, 1979)p.32), but is rather hard to find elsewhere in France." [Professor Stephen A. White, Genealogist at the Universite De Moncton in New Brunswick] " " (Don Landry and The Landry Family Home Page)
Some early Landrys
"St. Landry, Bishop of Seez The earliest record found of a person named Landry
was in the 5th Century ca.450 in the person of ST. LANDRY 3rd BISHOP OF SEEZ who died on March 4, 480 and whose feast day is July 16th. Saint Landry was the 3rd bishop of Seez, successor of Saint Sigibold. Himself successor of Saint Latrium, first occupant of the Episcopal See from the year 400 to the year 440. He lived in great sanctity and was responsible for great progress of Christianity in his diocese. It appears that this was done in spite of great resistance, because in his legend, it is said that he was placed in a barrel filled with flax combs and rolled from the top to the bottom of a mountain. Nevertheless, this fact is not ascertained and he died at a great age on March 4, 480, in the arms of Saint Contest, Bishop of Bayeux, who happened to be in Seez at the time. He was buried in his cathedral dedicated to the Virgin. It is not the magnificent gothic building, which can be seen nowadays, because the one in which Saint Landry rested was destroyed in 878, during the invasion by the Saxons. The commemoration of such a good pastor, said father BLIN (1) could not perish; consequently we can see in the "Martyrology of Ainon" that as soon as the XIe century there was a Saint's day on July 16, in honor of this Saint. His Lordship Focoal, witness of the veneration of the people for Saint Landry, inserted in a Breviary a double service in his honor. This office has been recited in the diocese until 1864. In all the churches, the following prayer was said
"Lord Almighty, who had tested the faith of the Blessed Saint Landry and
rewarded his piety, enliven us with a great zeal in order to work, in following his example, for our sanctification, and substain our weakness, with the help of the prayers of your faithful servant. Grant us this grace, by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
(Source: Life of the Saints of the Diocese of Seez (Volume 1, 178)
Another early historical account of a LANDRY can be found in the person of
"Landri", advisor of Clotaire II, in the late 6th century (593 A.D.). Clotaire II was a
descendant of Childeric I (437-481 A.D.) who was the first king of the Franks.
Saint LANDERICUS , of Paris (in French, Landry) is the second Landry recorded
LANDERICUS of Metz. The third Landry recorded in history.
ST. LANDERICUS M. OSB , The fourth Landry recorded was a Benedictine monk of Novalise in Savoy.
LaTour-Landry , famous authur of a book entitled "The Knight of La Tour-Landry
and His Book For His Daughters"
Pierre Landry (1603-1701) He was employed by booksellers and engraved a
number of frontispieces, portraits and other subjects. His best prints are his portraits among which is one of Charles de Bourbon, Bishop of Roissons, done in 1660. " (Donald Gene Landry and the Landry Family Home Page)