Early Origins of the Ledden family
The surname Ledden was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Leadenham, held by Colegrim from Count Alan who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Ledden family
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Ledden Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ledden were recorded, including Ledenham, Leddenham, Lednum, Leadenum, Ledenum, Lednham, Leadingham, Leadinham, Ledingham, Ledham, Ledman and many more.
Early Notables of the Ledden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ledden family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ledden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Ledden, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
Contemporary Notables of the name Ledden (post 1700)
- James Ledden (d. 1927), Irish Cumann na nGaedhael politician
- Emma Ledden (b. 1977), Irish television presenter and model