Leathead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Leathead family

The surname Leathead 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 Leathead family

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Leathead Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Leathead family (pre 1700)

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United States Leathead migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leathead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Leathead, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Lancastria" from Liverpool, England [2]


The Leathead 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




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