Type Surname (from location)
Other Forms FormsLancaster
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Contributor Contrib.theadiragram on 7/13/2011
Last Editor EditorLMS on 7/23/2014
Habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’). The river name is probably British, perhaps related to Gaelic slán ‘healthy’, ‘salubrious’.