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The surname Léonhart originates in Gascogne, France, is where Léonhart was first used as a surname. Léonhart was derived from the personal name Leonard, which means "lion-bold," and indicating that the original bearer was thought to be as bold as a lion.

Léonhart Early Origins



The surname Léonhart was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Léonhart Spelling Variations


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Léonhart Spelling Variations



Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Léonhart, including Léonard, Léonnard, Léonhard, Lénard, Liénard, Lenard, Lienard, Lionard, Lionhard, Léonart, Léonhart, Lénart, Liénart, Lionart, Lionhart, Lenart, Lienart, Léonardy, Léon, Léone, Léonne, Lion, Lione and many more.

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Léonhart Early History


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Léonhart Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Léonhart research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1789, 1611, 1654, 1656, 1657, 1658, 1663, 1611, 1671, 1655, 1713, 1744, 1793 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Léonhart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Léonhart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Léonhart Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Hugues de Lionne (1611-1671), a French statesman; and his son, Artus de Lionne (1655-1713), abbé and Bishop of Rosalie in partibus infidelium...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Léonhart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North Ameri ca. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Léonhart has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Léonhart were

Léonhart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Leonhart came to Philadelphia in 1741
  • Michael Leonhart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

Léonhart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rudolph Leonhart, who landed in New York, NY in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Léonhart (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Léonhart (post 1700)



  • William Kempton Kahn Leonhart (1919-1997), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Tanganyika, 1962-65; Yugoslavia, 1969
  • Sarah J. Leonhart, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Middletown, Delaware, 1912-13 (acting, 1912-13)
  • William Leonhart (b. 1919), American Ambassador to Tanzania (1962-1965) and to Yugoslavia (1969-1971)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Léonhart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Léonhart Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 10:57.

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