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Where did the English Leason family come from? When did the Leason family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leason family history?

Leason is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name for the son of Levison, which was a form of Lewis. Baptismal names are forms of patronymic surnames, and derive from either the religious or the vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the surname Leason was originally derived from the given name of the father of the bearer.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leason has been recorded under many different variations, including Leeson, Leason and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leason research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, and 1524 are included under the topic Early Leason History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Leason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Leason family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leason or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Leeson settled in Virginia in 1749; Hester Leeson settled in Virginia in 1723; George, James, Thomas and William Leeson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..

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  • Nick Leason (b. 1968), British racing driver
  • Percy Alexander Leason (1889-1959), Australian political cartoonist


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