Leachman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Leachman surname is derived from the Old English word "laece" meaning "leech," and indicating "one who used leeches to let blood," that is, a blood-letter or physician.

Early Origins of the Leachman family

The surname Leachman was first found in Stirlingshire where they held a family seat. The deep roots of the name appear to be in an area around Falkirk and there are many early recordings of the name although it is also recorded in Lanarkshire with the early spelling of Leechman was a sobriquet for a doctor. In fact, there is a claim on record of one Leechman who held many estates and who was Medicus Regis, the King's Leech, and, it is intimated, was the ancestor of the all the Leechmans. Oddly, in their later border relationships, the Leishmans became more oriented toward the clergy. William Leischman was prior of Fogo in 1465. [1]

Important Dates for the Leachman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leachman research. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1435, 1550 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Leachman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leachman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leechman, Leishman, Leeshman, Leischman, Leisman, Leachman, Leychman, Leighchman, Liechman, Leesman and many more.

Early Notables of the Leachman family (pre 1700)

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Leachman migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leachman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Leachman, aged 22, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [2]
Leachman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Leachman, aged 30, who settled in America from Hereford, in 1903
  • child Leachman, aged 0, who immigrated to the United States from Hereford, in 1903
  • Lewis Leachman, aged 0, who landed in America from Hereford, in 1903
  • Edward Claude Leachman, aged 34, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Charles S. Leachman, aged 21, who settled in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leachman migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leachman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Leachman, aged 26, who landed in Cochrane, Canada, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Leachman (post 1700)

  • W. H. Leachman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944 [3]
  • R. Leachman, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1866-69 [3]
  • Neth Leachman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944 [3]
  • Drew Leachman (b. 1989), American minor league baseball outfielder
  • Cloris Leachman (b. 1926), American actress of stage, film and television, winner of eight prime time Emmy Awards, more than any other female performer
  • Brevet Lieut.-Colonel Gerard Evelyn Leachman CIE, DSO (1880-1920), British soldier and intelligence officer who traveled extensively in Arabia
  • John Leachman (b. 1795), English Church Architect

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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