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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. [1] [2]

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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 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] 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. "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. " [4] 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." [4]


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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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  • 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
  • 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

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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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  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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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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.

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