Leshire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Leshire surname is derived from the Old English word "laece" meaning "leech," and indicating "one who used leeches to let blood," that is, a blood-letter or physician.

Early Origins of the Leshire family

The surname Leshire was first found in Stirlingshire where they held a family seat. The deep roots of the name appear to be in an area around Falkirk and there are many early recordings of the name although it is also recorded in Lanarkshire with the early spelling of Leechman was a sobriquet for a doctor. In fact, there is a claim on record of one Leechman who held many estates and who was Medicus Regis, the King's Leech, and, it is intimated, was the ancestor of the all the Leechmans. Oddly, in their later border relationships, the Leishmans became more oriented toward the clergy. William Leischman was prior of Fogo in 1465. [1]

Important Dates for the Leshire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leshire research. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1435, 1550 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Leshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leshire Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leechman, Leishman, Leeshman, Leischman, Leisman, Leachman, Leychman, Leighchman, Liechman, Leesman and many more.

Early Notables of the Leshire family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Leshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leshire migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Henrich Leshire, aged 31, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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