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The surname landreth was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat, and there has long been a place named Landreth. By the 17th century, records show the name in Calstrem, (Coldstream) Scotland where a death record of Gorege Landreth, son of Patrick Landreth was listed in 1690. James Landreth was listed in Hume in 1717 and Williams Landreth was a tenant in Sweethope in 1777.

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 landreth include Landreth, Landreath, Landres and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our landreth research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early landreth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


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 landreth or a variant listed above:

landreth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Landreth, who came to Maryland in 1765

landreth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cuthbert Landreth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808
  • Robert Landreth, who was naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1832
  • David Landreth, who came to Philadelphia in 1836
  • J L Landreth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

landreth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Landreth, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • William L. Landreth, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Leopold Landreth, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Clarence Landreth, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Marie E. Landreth, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1919
  • ...

landreth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Landreth, who settled in Quebec in 1831

  • Sidney Floyd Landreth, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1912, 1932, 1940, 1944; Member of Virginia State Senate, 1950
  • Olin Henry Landreth, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 31st District, 1915
  • Kathryn Landreth, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, 1993-98
  • Edward Landreth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2000
  • David Landreth, English-born, American co-founder with his brother Cuthbert of the D. Landreth Seed Company in Philadelphia in 1784, eponym of the David Landreth School, Philadelphia
  • Orian M. "Toad" Landreth (1904-1996), American head football coach at the University of Arizona in 1938
  • Chris Landreth (b. 1961), American Academy Award and Cannes File Festival Award winning animator for his short film Ryan (2004), two-time Genie Award winner
  • Sonny Landreth (b. 1951), American blues musician from southwest Louisiana
  • Greg Landreth, New Zealand explorer whose team made the first ascent of the summit of Mount Foster on 29 January 1996, eponym of the Landreth Glacier, Antarctica
  • Larry Robert Landreth (b. 1955), Canadian retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1976 to 1977

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    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The landreth Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The landreth 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.

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