The present generation of the Leads family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived 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 Leads denotes someone who came from Leeds.
Early Origins of the Leads family
The surname Leads 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 Leads family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leads 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 Leads History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leads Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Leads include Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.
Early Notables of the Leads 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 Leads Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leads family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Leads were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Leads Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Leads, who landed in Maryland in 1668 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)