Leat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Leat family

The surname Leat was first found in the county of Edinburgh at Leith, a burgh and sea-port town. "This place, which is of considerable antiquity, formerly belonged to the abbey of Holyrood, and, in a charter of David I. to the monks of that establishment, is noticed under the designation of Inverleith, from its position near the influx of the river or Water of Leith into the Frith of Forth." [1]

Early History of the Leat family

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Leat Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leith, Leyth, Lethe and others.

Early Notables of the Leat family (pre 1700)

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United States Leat migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Leat, aged 6, who immigrated to America, in 1892
Leat Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Leat, aged 27, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1906
  • Vincent Leat, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • William Leat, aged 34, who landed in America from Chiddingfold, England, in 1910
  • Florence Helena Leat, aged 39, who landed in America from Wales, in 1912
  • James Parry Leat, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Wales, in 1912
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Australia Leat migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Leat Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Leat, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Leat 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:

Leat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Harry Leat, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Elizabeth Leat, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • John S. Leat, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Leat (post 1700) +

  • Alister Seng Kym Leat (1985-2014), New Zealand judoka, ranked in the top 30 judokas in the world
  • Edwin John Leat (1885-1918), English first-class cricket player
  • Charles William Leat (1855-1937), English cricketer

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Wilfred Richard John Leat (d. 1945), British Chief Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]


The Leat 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: Trustie to the end
Motto Translation: Trustworthy to the end


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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