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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Leckie. The Leckie family lived at Leckie in the county of Stirlingshire. The place name is derived from the Gaelic leac, or "flagstone," and the suffix -ach, which means "place."

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The surname Leckie was first found in Stirlingshire, 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.

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Leckie has been spelled Leckie, Leck, Leckey, Lecky, Lackey, Lackie, Lachey, Lakey and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leckie research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1406, 1380, 1784, 1537, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Leckie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leckie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Leckie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Leckie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Catherine Leckie, who settled with her husband in Virginia in 1685
  • Kathrine Leckie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Leckie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Andrew Leckie, who came to New York in 1775
  • Andrew Leckie, aged 19, landed in New York in 1775

Leckie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Leckie, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Emmeline Leckie, who arrived in Portsmouth, Va in 1853

Leckie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David Leckie, who arrived in Canada in 1821

Leckie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Leckie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • William Leckie, aged 23, a farm servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840

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  • Robert Leckie (1920-2001), American author of books on United States military history
  • Robert Leckie (1840-1887), Scottish footballer, member of the Scotland National Team in 1872
  • John Thompson "Jock" Leckie (1906-1977), Scottish football goalkeeper
  • Carolyn Leckie (b. 1965), Scottish member of Parliament for central Scotland
  • Mathew Allan Leckie (b. 1991), Australian footballer
  • John William Leckie (b. 1949), English record producer and recording engineer
  • James George Leckie (1903-1982), New Zealand bronze medalist track and field athlete at the 1938 British Empire Games, flagbearer at the opening event
  • James Thomas Leckie (b. 1975), Australian rugby union referee
  • David John Leckie (b. 1951), Australian Chief Executive Officer of the Seven Media Group
  • Air Marshal Robert Leckie CB, DSO, DSC, DFC, CD (1890-1975), Canadian aviation pioneer and Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1944 to 1947

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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: Virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Virtues reward

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  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Leckie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leckie 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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