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Where did the English Leetch family come from? What is the English Leetch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Leetch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leetch family history?

The Leetch name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Leetch was originally a name given to someone who worked as a doctor. Throughout the Middle Ages, doctors were known as "leaches" as the practice of bleeding sick people was the generally accepted manner of curing them. There are countless people in the Middle Ages who died thanks to the common cold; not because the virus killed them, but because they bled to death on the advice of their physicians. Bleeding was accomplished by placing a dozen or so leaches on the person who was ill so that they could remove the poisons that were making them ill, hence the name "leach" for the occupation of doctor. It is small wonder that illness was so feared in the medieval period; many people died from illnesses that would not have otherwise killed them because their doctors were weakening them through loss of blood.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Leetch are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Leetch include: Leach, Leech, Leche, Leitch, Leich, Leetch and others.

First found in Cheshire 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 Leetch research. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1325 are included under the topic Early Leetch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Leetch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Leetch or a variant listed above:

Leetch Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Leetch, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812

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  • Brian Joseph Leetch (b. 1968), retired American professional NHL ice hockey defenseman from Corpus Christi, Texas who played in 18 seasons, inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2009
  • Tom Leetch, American film producer, writer and director who worked on many films for Walt Disney Pictures
  • Russell Jonathan Leetch (b. 1982), English bass guitarist for the indie rock band Editors


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Leetch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leetch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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