Leathers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Leathers was originally the name of a place in ancient Berwickshire county, before it came to be the surname of this great family.

Early Origins of the Leathers family

The surname Leathers was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Leathers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leathers research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1516, 1311, 1297, 1298, 1611, 1646 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Leathers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leathers Spelling Variations

The name, Leathers, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Lauder, Laudor, Lawder, Lawther, Leather, Lauther and others.

Early Notables of the Leathers family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Robert Lauder of Bass (d. 1311), a supporter of William Wallace at Stirling Bridge in 1297, and at...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leathers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leathers Ranking

In the United States, the name Leathers is the 5,028th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Leathers family to Ireland

Some of the Leathers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Leathers migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Leathers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Leathers, English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leathers (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan Leathers (b. 1985), American soccer player
  • Lydia C. Leathers, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1936, 1940 (alternate), 1944 [3]
  • Larry Leathers, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 27th District, 1986 [3]
  • L. B. Leathers, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1948 [3]
  • James M. Leathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1924 [3]
  • Howard B. Leathers (b. 1852), American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Penobscot County, 1901-02, 1919-20, 1923-24 [3]
  • Don J. Leathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1884; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1888 [3]
  • Frederick James Leathers CH PC (1883-1965), 1st Viscount Leathers, Baron Leathers, a British industrialist and public servant, Minister of War Transport (1941-1945), Minister for Coordination of Transport, Fuel and Power (1951-1953)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Samuel Leathers, English Leading Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]


The Leathers 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: Sub umbra alarum tuarus
Motto Translation: Under the shadow of thy wings.


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cressy
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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