Leat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Leat family

The surname Leat was first found in the county of Edinburgh at Leith, a burgh and sea-port town. "This place, which is of considerable antiquity, formerly belonged to the abbey of Holyrood, and, in a charter of David I. to the monks of that establishment, is noticed under the designation of Inverleith, from its position near the influx of the river or Water of Leith into the Frith of Forth." [1]

Important Dates for the Leat family

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Leat Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leith, Leyth, Lethe and others.

Early Notables of the Leat family (pre 1700)

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Leat migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Leat, aged 6, who immigrated to America, in 1892
Leat Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Leat, aged 27, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1906
  • Vincent Leat, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • William Leat, aged 34, who landed in America from Chiddingfold, England, in 1910
  • Florence Helena Leat, aged 39, who landed in America from Wales, in 1912
  • James Parry Leat, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Wales, in 1912
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Leat migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Leat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Harry Leat, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Elizabeth Leat, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • John S. Leat, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Leat (post 1700)

  • Alister Seng Kym Leat (1985-2014), New Zealand judoka, ranked in the top 30 judokas in the world
  • Edwin John Leat (1885-1918), English first-class cricket player
  • Charles William Leat (1855-1937), English cricketer

Historic Events for the Leat family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Wilfred Richard John Leat (d. 1945), British Chief Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
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