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Where did the English Leeds family come from? When did the Leeds family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leeds family history?The ancestors of the Leeds surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Leeds a well-known town in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This place-name was aHabitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Leeds denotes somone who came from Leeds.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Leeds include Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leeds research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1656, 1621, 1622, 1624 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Leeds History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leeds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Leeds Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Leeds Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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