The name Leatherby sprang from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Lathbury near Newport. Leatherby 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 Leatherby family
The surname Leatherby 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Leatherby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leatherby research.Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1578, 1510, 1600, 1093, 1153, 1537, 1579, 1609 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Leatherby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leatherby Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Leatherby are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Leatherby include: Lathbury, Lathebury, Lathbiry, Lathebyr, Lathebyre, Lathburye, Lathburie and many more.
Early Notables of the Leatherby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leatherby family to Ireland
Some of the Leatherby family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leatherby family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Leatherby 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Leatherby (post 1700)
- Ralph W. Leatherby, American benefactor of The Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics at Chapman University, Orange, California
- Lauren "Loveless" Leatherby, American author, alumni of The Arkansas Traveler
- Francis George Leatherby, British politician, Lord Mayor of Plymouth, England in 1949
- Desiree Leatherby, Australian competitor at the 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships