The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name League is a devotion to Christianity.
The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios,
which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa,
meaning son of the servant of Jesus.
Early Origins of the League family
The surname League was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England
Early History of the League family
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League Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years League has appeared as MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.
Early Notables of the League family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the League family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The League were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
League Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William League, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 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)
League Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- F. C. League, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1906
- Mrs. F. C. League, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1906
- Jane League, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Doncaster, England, in 1907
- John C. League, aged 62, who landed in America, in 1912
- Thomas J. League, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name League (post 1700)
- Edward League Dawes, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html