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The surname Leaf has two distinct possible entomological origins. Firstly, the name could have been derived from the Old English personal name "Leofa" and/or "Leofe", both meaning "Dear" or "Beloved." Secondly, the name could have been a topographical name for someone who lived in a densely foliated area from the Middle English word "leaf."

Early Origins of the Leaf family


The surname Leaf was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Early History of the Leaf family

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Early History of the Leaf family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leaf research.
Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1273, 1279, 1318, 1327, 1377, 1677, and 1754 are included under the topic Early Leaf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leaf Spelling Variations

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Leaf 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 Leaf include Leaf, Leaff, Leaffe, Leafe, Leif, Lief, Life, Lef, Leof, Leefe, Leve and many more.

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Early Notables of the Leaf family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Leaf family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Leaf family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Leaf 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 Leaf or a variant listed above:

Leaf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Leaf who arrived in Barbados in 1663

Leaf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Leaf who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leaf (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leaf (post 1700)


  • Alexander Leaf, American physician and faculty member of Harvard University
  • Martin Leaf, American politician, Mayor of Willmar, Minnesota, 1942 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James P. Leaf, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 26th District, 1926 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Caroline Leaf (b. 1946), Canadian independent filmmaker and animator
  • Walter Leaf (1852-1927), British Classical scholar, banker, and pioneer of psychical research

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Citations

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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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