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Leatham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The present generation of the Leatham family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Latham in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in Lathom in Lancashire and Laytham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Latham was originally derived from the Old Norse word hlathum, which is the plural form of hlath, which means a barn. Therefore the original bearers of the Leatham surname were dwellers at the barns. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early Origins of the Leatham family


The surname Leatham was first found in Lancashire at Lathom, a village and civil parish about 5 km northeast of Ormskirk. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Latune [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and later as Lathum in 1200, and Lathom in 1223. One of the earliest records of the name was Robert Fitzhenry de Lathom who held lands throughout south Lancashire in 1189. The lands were "bestowed by Robert de Lathom upon the newly-founded priory of Burscough in 1189." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

Presumably one of his descendants, Robert de Lathom in 1292 was sued by Richard, son of John de Burscough concerning a tenement in Burscough, but the case was non-suited." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

"This place was the seat of the Lathom family, of whom Robert de Lathom, in the reign of Edward I., received the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, and whose baronial mansion of Lathom House, remarkable for its extent and magnificence, and formidable for its strength, afterwards became so conspicuous in history. " [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

At Whiston in the parish of Prescot, "in the reign of Richard II. the Lathoms had estates here, which descended through several generations; and the Torbocks, of whom the Lathoms were a branch, were, at a very remote period, possessed of Rudgate, in this manor." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The parish of Huyton was another ancient family seat. "The Lathoms were early proprietors, being mentioned in the reign of Henry III. The original church was of considerable antiquity, having been granted to the priory of Burscough, at the time of its foundation, by the first (aforementioned) Robert de Lathom." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Early History of the Leatham family


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Leatham Spelling Variations


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Leatham include Latham, Lathem, Lathom and others.

Early Notables of the Leatham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Leatham family to Ireland


Some of the Leatham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Leatham family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leatham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Leatham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Leatham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Leatham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Leatham, (b. 1832), aged 25, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Fitzjames" arriving in Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia on 1st April 1857 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • Mrs. Sarah Leatham, (b. 1828), aged 29, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Fitzjames" arriving in Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia on 1st April 1857 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf

Leatham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Leatham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Alice Leatham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Elizabeth Leatham, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • George Leatham, aged 37, a shoemaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Ann Leatham, aged 16, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Leatham (post 1700)


  • Robert Jennings Leatham (b. 1961), American professional shooter, twenty-four-time the USPSA National champion and seven-time International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Champion
  • Charles Leatham, American politician, Mayor of Frostburg, Maryland, 1908 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Gerald Arthur Buxton Leatham (1851-1932), English amateur first-class cricketer, who for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1874 and 1886
  • Lady Victoria Diana Leatham (b. 1947), née Cecil, an English antiques expert and television personality
  • Albert Leatham (1859-1948), English cricketer for Gloucestershire from 1883 to 1897
  • Admiral Sir Ralph Leatham KCB (1888-1954), English Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth during World War II
  • Edward Aldam Leatham (1828-1900), English Liberal Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament for Huddersfield (1859-1865), and (1868-1886)
  • William Leatham (1785-1842), English leading banker in Wakefield, a Quaker and an abolitionist, father of William Henry Leatham and Edward Aldam Leatham
  • John Leatham (b. 1946), former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton in 1967
  • George Leatham (1849-1916), Australian politician, Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for New Norfolk in 1891 and 1906
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Leatham 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: Aequanimitate
Motto Translation: Equanimity


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Citations


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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