Ledson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Ledson family
The surname Ledson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Ledsham near Pontefrac. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1219 when Nigel Ledsham held the domains.
Early History of the Ledson family
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Ledson Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ledson include Ledsham, Leadsham, Leadsom, Leadson, Ledsum, Ledsam, Ledsem, Ledson, Leadson, lettsom, Letsom and many more.
Early Notables of the Ledson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ledson family to Ireland
Some of the Ledson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ledson migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Ledson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Barker Booth Ledson, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1904
- Esther Ledson, aged 22, who arrived in America from Cheshire, England, in 1904
- Daniel Ledson, aged 39, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1909
- Sarah Ledson, aged 37, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1909
- William Ledson, aged 17, who arrived in America, in 1917
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ledson (post 1700) +
- Rear Admira David Ian Ledson ONZM, RNZN (b. 1951), New Zealand retired senior officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy, former Chief of Navy (2004-2009)
Historic Events for the Ledson family +
- Mr. John Ledson, English Extra Second Baker from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking 
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The Ledson Motto +
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: Fac at spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.