Lealan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lealan is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Leyland, in Lancashire. The place-name Leyland is derived from the Old English elements læge and land, and means "untilled land." [1] It was recorded as Lailand in the Domesday Book, [2] compiled in 1086 on the orders of William the Conqueror. The family name is derived from the place-name and means "dweller by the uncultivated land."

Early Origins of the Lealan family

The surname Lealan was first found in Lancashire 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. There are actually two parishes in Lancashire bearing the name Layland or Leyland. "The Lancashire Leyland was Leylaund, Leylond, Leyland, Laylond, Lelarid in the 13th century." [3]

The first record of the family was actually found in neighbouring Yorkshire when Johannes Leyland was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

Leyland Motors Limited, the British vehicle manufacturer of lorries, buses and trolleybuses was based in Leyland, Lancashire. Founded in 1896, the original company is now defunct.

Early History of the Lealan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lealan research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1679, 1670, 1503, 1552, 1691 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Lealan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lealan Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lealan has been recorded under many different variations, including Leyland, Leland, Lelland, Leeland, Lealand and others.

Early Notables of the Lealan family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lealan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Lealan 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:

Lealan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Lealan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870
  • Elizabeth Lealan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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