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The name Leach is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a doctor. Throughout the Middle Ages, doctors were known as "leaches" as the practice of bleeding sick people was the generally accepted manner of curing them. There are countless people in the Middle Ages who died thanks to the common cold; not because the virus killed them, but because they bled to death on the advice of their physicians. Bleeding was accomplished by placing a dozen or so leaches on the person who was ill so that they could remove the poisons that were making them ill, hence the name "leach" for the occupation of doctor. It is small wonder that illness was so feared in the medieval period; many people died from illnesses that would not have otherwise killed them because their doctors were weakening them through loss of blood.

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The surname Leach was first found in Cheshire 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.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Leach are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Leach include: Leach, Leech, Leche, Leitch, Leich, Leetch and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leach research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1325 are included under the topic Early Leach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Leach family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Leach or a variant listed above:

Leach Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lawrence Leach settled in Salem in 1628
  • Lawrence Leach, who landed in New England in 1628
  • Margaret Leach, aged 15, landed in America in 1635
  • Margaret Leach settled in Boston in 1635
  • Roger Leach, who landed in Virginia in 1635
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Leach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald Leach, who arrived in North Carolina in 1794

Leach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Leach, who landed in America in 1800
  • George Leach, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806
  • Dugald Leach, aged 30, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Isaac Leach, who landed in New York, NY in 1827
  • William Leach, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Leach Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Albert Lorue Leach, who arrived in Michigan in 1903

Leach Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Leach, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Leach, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Leach, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Sgt. James Leach U.E. (b. 1748) born in Windham, Connecticut, USA from Connecticut, USA who settled in York County, New Brunswick c. 1787 he served in the Prince of Wales American Regiment, married to Mary Pringle having 1 child, he died in 1810 in Vermont [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Leach Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Leach, who landed in Canada in 1816

Leach Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Leach, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Leach, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Leach arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • James Leach, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • Roger Leach arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850
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Leach Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Leach landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Leach, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Leach, aged 46, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • William Leach, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Alfred Leach, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
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  • John Michael Leach (b. 1976), American NFL football long snapper for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Brent Leach (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Terry Hester Leach (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Michael E. Leach (b. 1960), American former collegiate and ATP Tour professional tennis player, winner of the NCAA singles championship (1982)
  • James Albert Smith "Jim" Leach (b. 1942), American politician, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa
  • Rick Leach (b. 1964), American former professional tennis player and a coach
  • Charles P. Leach, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Treasurer, 1922
  • Charles P. Leach, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960
  • D. D. Leach, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1886
  • Daylin Leach, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
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Leach Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Harold G Leach (b. 1908), English Mechanician 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Marylebone, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Catterall Leach (b. 1894), MVO & DSO, English Captain from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Neil Leach, Jamaican Waiter from Kingston, Jamaica, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John F. Leach, English Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • Leach-Leech Family by Anna Laura Griffith.
  • William Adams (also Leach), 1594-1661, of Ipswich, Massachusetts by Kenneth L. Bosworth.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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