Leaman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Leaman begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Leman, which was taken from the personal name Liefman. [1]

Early Origins of the Leaman family

The surname Leaman was first found in Suffolk at Wenhaston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Blything. "The family of Leman had a [family] seat here. The church is an ancient structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains several monuments to the Leman family." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 provided some of the earliest records of the family, typically with ancient spellings: Leman Bru in Norfolk; Alan filius Leman in Cambridgeshire; Eldred Leman in Somerset; and Thomas Letman in Oxfordshire. [3]

Early History of the Leaman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leaman research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1616, 1616, 1667, 1645, 1660, 1637, 1701, 1690, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Leaman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leaman 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. Leaman has been recorded under many different variations, including Leaman, Leamen, Leman, Lemon, Lemmon, Leemon, Limon and many more.

Early Notables of the Leaman family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Leman, Lord Mayor of London in 1616; Sir William Leman, 1st Baronet (died 1667), an English politician who sat in the House of...
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Leaman Ranking

In the United States, the name Leaman is the 13,018th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Leaman family to Ireland

Some of the Leaman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Leaman migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leaman or a variant listed above:

Leaman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Leaman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 [5]
  • Christian Leaman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [5]
  • Isabella Leaman, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [5]
  • Earnst Leaman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1795 [5]
Leaman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Clouse Leaman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [5]
  • Joseph, Thomas and George Leaman all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada Leaman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leaman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Leaman U.E., "Leman" who settled in Oak Bay, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]

New Zealand Leaman 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:

Leaman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mark Leaman, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Francis E. Leaman, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Mark J. Leaman, aged 9 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Leaman (post 1700) +

  • Henry Leaman, American physician and surgeon
  • Mel Leaman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2000 [7]
  • James R. Leaman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Virginia, 2008 [7]
  • Chris Leaman (b. 1980), British Liberal Democrat politician
  • Louisa Leaman (b. 1976), British writer and behavior expert
  • Charles Henry Leaman, Canadian businessman in Newfoundland
  • Arthur Ben Leaman, British vicar in Cheshire
  • Leaman Baggett, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1926; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1928, 1932 (alternate)

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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