Leatherbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Leatherbee sprang from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Lathbury near Newport. Leatherbee is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Leatherbee family

The surname Leatherbee was first found in Buckinghamshire at Lathbury, a village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, in the union of Newport-Pagnell, hundred of Newport. This parish which is almost surrounded by the river Ouse, comprises about 1,200 acres. The place dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Lateberie and literally meant "fortification built with laths or beams" having derived from the Old English words laett + burh. [1]

There is a grand manor house which dates back to at least 1272. Later, some of the family were found at Egginton in Derbyshire. "The manor [of Egginton] afterwards vested in the family of Lathbury, of whom a coheiress brought a moiety to the Leighs; and on the death of Sir Henry Leigh in the reign of James I., the estate passed to his daughter Anne." [2]

Early History of the Leatherbee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leatherbee research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1578, 1510, 1600, 1093, 1153, 1537, 1579, 1609 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Leatherbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leatherbee Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leatherbee has been recorded under many different variations, including Lathbury, Lathebury, Lathbiry, Lathebyr, Lathebyre, Lathburye, Lathburie and many more.

Early Notables of the Leatherbee family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leatherbee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Leatherbee family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leatherbee or a variant listed above: Richard Lathberry, who sailed to Virginia in 1652; John Lathbury to Virginia in 1655; Elinor Lathberry to Virginia in 1657; Daniel Lathbury to America in 1680.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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