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Leber is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the township of Great Lever in Lancashire as well as in Little Lever the chapelry in the parish of Bolton in Lancashire. The Leber family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.

Leber Early Origins



The surname Leber was first found in Lancashire at Little Lever, now a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Great Lever, a township nearby "was long held by the family of Lever, but in the 6th year of Edward IV., Sir Rauff Assheton, Knt., sued out a 'write of right of warde' against Roger Lever, for the recovery of the manor, and obtained judgment against him at the assizes of Lancaster. Lever, however, with a number of dependants of his name, and a large concourse of persons, many of whom had been outlawed, riotously broke into Lancaster Castle, and carried off the record of recovery. Sir Rauff complaining of this outrage to the two houses of parliament, they ordained that the copy of the record which was annexed to his petition should be of the same force and efficacy as the original; and the justices thereupon ordered execution to issue, and reinstated him in the possession, which, notwithstanding, was not undisturbed until some time after. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The village's name was derived from the Old English word "laefre," which means "place where the rushes grow." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The first listing of the place name was found in 1212 when it was listed as Parua Lefre. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Nearby is Darcy Lever which was the ancestral home of the D'Arcy family since 1590.


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Leber Spelling Variations


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Leber Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leber has been recorded under many different variations, including Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.

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Leber Early History


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Leber Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leber research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1577, 1551 and 1553 are included under the topic Early Leber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leber Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leber Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leber or a variant listed above:

Leber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Willem Leber, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Leber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johan Adam Leber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774

Leber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Leber, who arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Philipp Leber, who landed in North America in 1846
  • Jak Leber, who landed in America in 1853
  • Mariane Leber, aged 18, landed in America in 1854
  • N Leber, aged 12, arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leber Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Leber, who arrived in Montreal in 1657

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leber (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leber (post 1700)



  • Frances Leber, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1950
  • Ben Leber, American professional football player
  • Wilhelm Leber (b. 1947), German mathematician and minister in the New Apostolic Church
  • Wolfgang Leber (b. 1936), German painter, printmaker and draughtsman
  • Georg Leber (b. 1920), German politician, member of the Bundestag
  • Julius Leber (1891-1945), German politician, member of the German Resistance against the Nazi regime

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Leber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leber Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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