The ancient history of the Leffersidge name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the township of Liversedge located in the parish of Bristall just miles from Leeds.
Early Origins of the Leffersidge family
The surname Leffersidge was first found in West Yorkshire
at Liversedge, a township that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Livresec, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a manor belonging to Radulf, a vassal of Ilbert de Lacy. The place name probably means "edge or ridge of a man called Leofhere," from the Old English personal name
+ "ecg." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The township includes the hamlets of Millbridge, Littletown, Hightown, the Heights, and Robert-Town. Liversedge Hall was anciently the property of the Neville family, lords of the manor. Today the hall is in ruins and slight remains can be seen.
Early History of the Leffersidge family
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Leffersidge Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Leffersidge include Leversage, Leverage, Leveredge, Leverich, Leverick, Leveridge, Leversage, Leversedge, Liversage, Livesage, Liveredge, Liverich and many more.
Early Notables of the Leffersidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leffersidge family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Leffersidge or a variant listed above: William Leveredge, who settled in New England
in 1633; Sarah Leveredge settled in Barbados in 1663; Henry Leverage settled in Boston in 1635; William Leveridge settled in Salem in 1633.