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Early Origins of the Leathley family

The surname Leathley was first found in "Leathes and Dalehead, co. Cumberland [where they were] seated at the former place shortly after the Conquest; the last male heir, Thomas Leathes, Esq., d. in 1806." 1 2

Later, in Yorkshire Gilbert del Lathes was listed as Freeman of York in 1296. A few years later, Richard del Lathes was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332.

Another source notes "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of the lathes,' i.e. the barns, the grange. The surname has arisen in several localities. Lathes is a hamlet next unto Warnpool and was so called of a grange or farm which the Lord of Whitrigg had there. Of that place the family of the Lathes took their name until Adam Leathes, now owner of the demesne thereof, sold the tenements and residue of the hamlet to the inhabitants. It was given by Robert, the son of Robert de Dunbretton, to his kinsman Henry, whose posterity were thereupon called Leaths' "Appended is a quotation: 'Robertas filius Roberti dedit Leathes Henrico fratri suo, Henry III' 3

Thomas atte Lathe was rector of Stokesby, Norfolk in 1356. 'The manor house was lately called the Lathes, it stands a little distance from Pokethorp Street.' Pokethorp Manor, Norwich." 4

The same source also notes "John Corbet (4 Edward VI), had a lease of the Cellerie's, or St. Leonard's meadow, containing six acres, lying between the river and street, the Lathis close, and fold-course, and liberty of shak in the manor house and yard, and all thereon built, called the Lathe-yard" 4

Adam del Laythes was registered in the Subsidy Rolls for Cumberland in 1332. Records of the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 show John de Leth as holding lands there at that time. Henry Latheman was recorded in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1278. 5 Reaney notes the name literally means 'worker at the barn(s) from the Old Norse word 'hlaða' Leath is a Lancashire and Cumberland dialect form of the name. 5

Early History of the Leathley family

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Leathley Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Leathley were recorded, including Leathes, Lethes, Lerthes, Leathley and others.

Early Notables of the Leathley family

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Australia Leathley migration to Australia +

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

Leathley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Leathley, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 6

Contemporary Notables of the name Leathley (post 1700) +

  • David Leathley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1972 7
  • John L Leathley, Canadian lawyer (QC) and law lecturer

The Leathley 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: In ardua virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue against difficulties.

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B. LL.D The General Armory of England Scotland, Ireland and Wales. London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, 1884, Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook