This interesting surname of English origin is a locational name from a place called Lissington in Lincolnshire, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name Lissa, a pet form of Leofsige, composed of the elements "leof" meaning "dear" or "beloved" plus "sige" victory, plus "ing" meaning "people of" plus "tun" "enclosure" or "settlement", hence the settlement of Leofsige;s people". The place name is recorded as Lessintone in the Domesday Book of 1086. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Lissendon, Lissenden, etc. One, Elizabeth Lissenden married Edward Elive on October 10th 1614, in Aldington, Kent. John Lysenton married Ann Kennard on November 27th 1628, in Borden, Kent, and William Lissenden married Ann Wright on June 24th 1798 at St. Leonards Shoreditch, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Bridget Lissington married John Keynett, which was dated 1590 - Kent, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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