The Leeck name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of the places that was called Leake.
Early Origins of the Leeck family
The surname Leeck was first found in either Lincolnshire
which all have parishes names Leake. For some of the first listings of the family, we must look to Lincolnshire
where the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list the following: John de Lek; Roger de Leke; and Teobald de Lek as all living in that shire at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Willie's Lyke-Wake is a Child Ballad, one of 305 traditional ballads from England
, and their American variants listed in the 1904 Houghton Mifflin edition. Lyke-Wake Dirge is a traditional English song that is thought to have originated in the Yorkshire
Early History of the Leeck family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leeck research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1581, 1655, 1627, 1679, 1660, 1633, 1681, 1656, 1720, 1710, 1712, 1708 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Leeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leeck Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Leeck has undergone many spelling variations
, including Leake, Leak, Leek, Leeke, Leyke and others.
Early Notables of the Leeck family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Francis Leke, 1st Earl of Scarsdale (1581-1655) fought for the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir Francis Leke, 1st Baronet
(1627-1679), an English soldier, administrator and Member of Parliament, High Sheriff
for 1660; William Leake, the father (died... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leeck family to Ireland
Some of the Leeck family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leeck family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Leeck were among those contributors: Augustine Leak, who came to Virginia in 1623; Winifred Leak, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; John Leak, who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Leak, who arrived in Barbados in 1658.
The Leeck 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: Agendo gnaviter
Motto Translation: By acting prudently.