Leys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Leys family

The surname Leys was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Like many surnames, Leys began as a personal name, a variant of the French name Eloy or Eloi, which itself came from the Latin name Eligius. Eligius comes from the Latin word "eligere," meaning "to elect or choose." As with many personal names dating from that era, Eloy gained its popularity because it had been born by a famous saint; St. Eloy was a 6th century saint who came to be known as the patron saint of smiths and horses.

Important Dates for the Leys family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leys research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1541 is included under the topic Early Leys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leys Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eloy, Elloy, Eley, Elley, Gloy, Gley, Loy, Ley and many more.

Early Notables of the Leys family (pre 1700)

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Leys migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leys Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johs Peter Leys, who arrived in America in 1750-1753 [1]

Leys 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:

Leys Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Leys, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856

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  1. ^ 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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