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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.

Leadbeater Early Origins



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.

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Leadbeater Spelling Variations


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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.

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Leadbeater Early History


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Leadbeater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leadbeater research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1250 and 1328 are included under the topic Early Leadbeater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leadbeater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leadbeater Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Annapolis in 1725
  • John Leadbeater, who arrived in Florida in 1773

Leadbeater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Albert Leadbeater settled in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Joshua Leadbeater, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • S L Leadbeater, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1880

Leadbeater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert Leadbeater, aged 15, who emigrated 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 emigrated to America from Cannock Staffordshire, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leadbeater (post 1700)


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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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Leadbeater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leadbeater Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 November 2015 at 18:27.

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