Origins Available: English
The name Leace is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Levison,
which was a form of Lewis
. Baptismal names are forms of patronymic
surnames, and derive from either the religious or the vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the surname Leace was originally derived from the given name of the father of the bearer.
Early Origins of the Leace family
The surname Leace was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Leace family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leace research.Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, and 1524 are included under the topic Early Leace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leace Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Leace include Leeson, Leason and others.
Early Notables of the Leace family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leace family to Ireland
Some of the Leace family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leace family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Elizabeth Leeson settled in Virginia in 1749; Hester Leeson settled in Virginia in 1723; George, James, Thomas and William Leeson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Leace Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Clarior e tenebris
Motto Translation: The brighter from previous obscurity.