Ledden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, [1] 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.

Important Dates for the Ledden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ledden research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1302 are included under the topic Early Ledden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Ledden migration to Australia

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

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


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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