Leatherby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [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]

Important Dates for the Leatherby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leatherby 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 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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Leatherby migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Leatherby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Leatherby, (b. 1855), aged 19, Cornish laundress departing on 28th March 1874 aboard the ship "Hindostan" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 13th May 1874 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Leatherby, (b. 1873), aged 9 months, Cornish settler departing on 28th March 1874 aboard the ship "Hindostan" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 13th May 1874 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Leatherby, (b. 1860), aged 19, Cornish laundress departing on 25th October 1879 aboard the ship "Eastminster" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 4th January 1880 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Leatherby, (b. 1879), aged 9 months, Cornish servant departing on 25th October 1879 aboard the ship "Eastminster" going to Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 4th January 1880 [3]

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
  • Mr. Stephen Leatherby R.V.M.,, British Postman for Buckingham Palace, was appointed the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) on 29th December 2018 [4]
  • Francis George Leatherby, British politician, Lord Mayor of Plymouth, England in 1949
  • Desiree Leatherby, Australian competitor at the 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Citations

  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.
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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