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
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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...
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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.
Migration of the Leathers family
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Leathers surname who came to North America were: George Lauder, who settled in Virginia in 1716; as well as John and Sarah Lauder, who settled in Belfast Maine in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Leathers (post 1700) +
- Jonathan Leathers (b. 1985), American soccer player
- Lydia C. Leathers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1936, 1940 (alternate), 1944 
- Larry Leathers, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 27th District, 1986 
- L. B. Leathers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1948 
- James M. Leathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1924 
- Howard B. Leathers (b. 1852), American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Penobscot County, 1901-02, 1919-20, 1923-24 
- Don J. Leathers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1884; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1888 
- 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)
Historic Events for the Leathers family +
- Mr. Samuel Leathers, English Leading Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking 
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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.