The history of the Lead family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Leeds a well-known town in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This place-name was aHabitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation
names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Lead denotes someone who came from Leeds.
Early Origins of the Lead family
The surname Lead was first found in Cambridgeshire
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 Lead family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lead research.Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1573, 1656, 1621, 1622, 1632, 1712, 1624, 1704, 1699 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Lead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lead Spelling Variations
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 Lead include Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.
Early Notables of the Lead family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Leeds (died 1590), an English clergyman from Benenden, Kent
, Rector of Croxton in 1573; Sir John Leedes (died 1656), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lead family to the New World and Oceana
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 Lead or a variant listed above: Richard Leeds with his wife Joanne and children settled in New England
in 1637; Timothy Leeds settled in Virginia in 1607; 13 years before the "Mayflower.".