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Where did the English Leatham family come from? What is the English Leatham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Leatham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leatham family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leatham research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1610 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Leatham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leatham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Leatham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leatham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Leatham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Leatham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Leatham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Alice Leatham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Elizabeth Leatham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • George Leatham, aged 37, a shoemaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Ann Leatham, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874


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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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The Leatham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leatham 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 8 November 2012 at 17:03.

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