Lesslie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Lesslie family

The surname Lesslie was first found in Worcestershire at Abberton, a parish in the union, and Upper division of the hundred, of Pershore. "Henry VIII. granted the whole of the manor or lordship to Thomas and Francis Sheldon, whose family continued to be owners of the parish, until it passed into the possession of the present proprietor, William Laslett, Esq. Abberton Hall, the manor-house, the seat of Mr. Laslett, is in the centre of the estate, on an eminence overlooking a park of nearly 500 acres of pasture; it stands on a level with the Malvern hills, and commands a mos beautiful panoramic view of the Malvern and Bredon hills, the Lench woods, and vale of Evesham." [1]

Important Dates for the Lesslie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lesslie research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1586 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Lesslie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lesslie 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 Lesslie include Leslett, Leslet, Lesslie, Lesslet, Leslitt and others.

Early Notables of the Lesslie family (pre 1700)

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Lesslie migration to the United States

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 Lesslie or a variant listed above:

Lesslie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Lesslie, who arrived in New York in 1738 [2]
  • Robert Lesslie, aged 17, who landed in Georgia in 1774 [2]
  • John Lesslie, aged 15, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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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