Lancaster Surname Origin
(Locality). A town and county of England, the castle or city on the Loyne or Lan river. The Britons called it Caerwerydd. (See Chester.)
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children, One is roots; the other, wings. --Anonymous
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