Leadbeater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Leadbeater is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a worker in lead. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words lead and beatere, meaning literally "he who beats lead." Metallurgy was not an advanced art in the Middle Ages; the metal in modern cutlery is far harder and has more resiliency than that in the best sword in medieval times. It was a common sight during a battle in the early Middle Ages to see a soldier hit someone with a sword, then put it on the ground and step on it to straighten out the bend it had just acquired. Lead was a popular metal to work with thanks to its malleability, making it easy to work. Of course, its toxic properties were not known; in fact, its sweet taste led to its use in antiquity as a condiment in some places, though usually not for long. Lead was commonly found in jewelry as a metal mixed with gold, and in pewter, an amalgam of lead and tin, used for drinking cups and cutlery. This made the occupation of leadbeater an important one in the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Leadbeater family

The surname Leadbeater was first found in Durham 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 Leadbeater family

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Leadbeater Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Leadbeater has appeared include Leadbetter, Leadbater, Leadbeater, Leadbeter, Leadbetter, Leadbitter and many more.

Early Notables of the Leadbeater family (pre 1700)

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United States Leadbeater migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Leadbeater arrived in North America very early:

Leadbeater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Leadbeater, who settled in Annapolis in 1725
  • John Leadbeater, who arrived in Florida in 1773 [1]
Leadbeater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Albert Leadbeater, who settled in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Joshua Leadbeater, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]
  • S L Leadbeater, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1880 [1]
Leadbeater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Leadbeater, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Cannock Staffordshire, in 1904
  • Annie Leadbeater, aged 26, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Eliza Leadbeater, aged 8, who settled in America from Cannock Staffordshire, in 1904
  • Ellen Leadbeater, aged 1, who landed in America from Cannock Staffordshire, in 1904
  • Florence Leadbeater, aged 11, who immigrated to America from Cannock Staffordshire, in 1904
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Australia Leadbeater migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Leadbeater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Leadbeater, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Benjamin Leadbeater, British Convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 11th August 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. James Leadbeater, English convict who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. James Leadbeater who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Circassian" on 4th November 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Leadbeater, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Leadbeater (post 1700) +

  • Edric "Eddie" Leadbeater (b. 1927), English former cricketer
  • John Leadbeater, Australian taxidermist at the Museum of Victoria, eponym of the endangered Leadbeater's Possum in 1867
  • Benjamin Leadbeater (1760-1837), British naturalist, eponym of Leadbeater's Cockatoo
  • Charles "Charlie" Leadbeater, British author and former advisor to Tony Blair
  • Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826), Irish author
  • Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854-1934), British clergyman, occultist, and author who played a prominent part in the Theosophical Society


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duke-of-portland
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 8th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/circassian)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim


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