The surname Leavesley has two distinct possible entomological origins. Firstly, the name could have been derived from the Old English personal name
"Leofa" and/or "Leofe", both meaning "Dear" or "Beloved." Secondly, the name could have been a topographical name for someone who lived in a densely foliated area from the Middle English word "leaf."
Early Origins of the Leavesley family
The surname Leavesley was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Leavesley family
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Leavesley Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Leavesley have been found, including Leaf, Leaff, Leaffe, Leafe, Leif, Lief, Life, Lef, Leof, Leefe, Leve and many more.
Early Notables of the Leavesley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leavesley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Leavesley, or a variant listed above:
Leavesley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A.E. Leavesley, aged 23, who arrived in America from Sheffieto, in 1893
- Anne E. Leavesley, aged 19, who arrived in America from Liverpool, in 1893
Leavesley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Eva Joy Leavesley, aged 22, who emigrated to Youngstown, Ohio, in 1922
- John Wiliam Leavesley, aged 31, who emigrated to Youngstown, Ohio, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Leavesley (post 1700)
- James Leavesley Sr, English founder of the Leavesley Group, Burton on Trent
- Dr Matthew Leavesley, Australian Lecturer at James Cook University
- David Leavesley, Australian Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology