Leaky History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Leaky surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in one of the places that was called Leake.

Early Origins of the Leaky family

The surname Leaky was first found in either Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire which all have parishes names Leake. For some of the first listings of the family, we must look to Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: John de Lek; Roger de Leke; and Teobald de Lek as all living in that shire at that time. [1] Willie's Lyke-Wake is a Child Ballad, one of 305 traditional ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants listed in the 1904 Houghton Mifflin edition. Lyke-Wake Dirge is a traditional English song that is thought to have originated in the Yorkshire area.

Early History of the Leaky family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leaky research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1581, 1655, 1627, 1679, 1660, 1633, 1681, 1656, 1720, 1710, 1712, 1708 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Leaky History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leaky Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Leaky include Leake, Leak, Leek, Leeke, Leyke and others.

Early Notables of the Leaky family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Francis Leke, 1st Earl of Scarsdale (1581-1655) fought for the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir Francis Leke, 1st Baronet (1627-1679), an English soldier, administrator and Member of Parliament, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1660; William Leake, the father (died...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leaky Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Leaky migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Leaky Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Leaky, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [2]
Leaky Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Leaky, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [2]

Canada Leaky migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leaky Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Leaky U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. William Leaky U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. William Leaky Jr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
Leaky Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Leaky, aged 27, who landed in Canada in 1823

New Zealand Leaky migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Leaky Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Leaky, (b. 1831), aged 22, British labourer travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [4]
  • Miss Catherine Leaky, (b. 1839), aged 14, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [4]

The Leaky Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Agendo gnaviter
Motto Translation: By acting prudently.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Genies' Jottings Various Ships Lists Maori (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/news_nz/nz_maori.htm

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