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The surname Leap and it's variations have long been in England. It is thought that the name may have come to Britain with the Anglo-Saxons, as a German version of this name exists to this day. In other cases, the name may have derived from the French 'lapin," meaning "rabbit," and arrived in Britain with the Normans.

Leap Early Origins



The surname Leap was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands. Early instances of the name in England include one Robert Lapyn who is mentioned in the Feet of Fines for Kent in the year 1320.

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Leap Spelling Variations


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Leap 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. Leap has been recorded under many different variations, including Lapp, Leap, Lap and others.

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Leap Early History


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Leap Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leap research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Leap History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leap Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leap Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Leap Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Leap or a variant listed above:

Leap Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Christina Leap, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Margaretha Leap, aged 12, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Maria Leap, aged 14, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Catherina Leap, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Georg Leap, aged 56, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leap (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leap (post 1700)



  • William Arch Leap (1883-1978), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1949-50; Defeated, 1950
  • Sedgwick Rusling Leap (b. 1886), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1927-29; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Salem County, 1930-35
  • R. C. Leap, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wetzel County, 1933-34; Appointed 1933

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Leap Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leap Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 12:42.

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