The ancestors of the Leede surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Leeds a well-known town in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This place-name was aHabitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation
names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Leede denotes someone who came from Leeds.
Early Origins of the Leede family
The surname Leede was first found in Cambridgeshire
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.
Early History of the Leede family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leede research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1573, 1656, 1621, 1622, 1632, 1712, 1624, 1704, 1699 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Leede History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leede 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 Leede include Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.
Early Notables of the Leede family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Leeds (died 1590), an English clergyman from Benenden, Kent
, Rector of Croxton in 1573; Sir John Leedes (died 1656), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leede Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leede family to the New World and Oceana
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: Richard Leeds with his wife Joanne and children settled in New England
in 1637; Timothy Leeds settled in Virginia in 1607; 13 years before the "Mayflower.".
Contemporary Notables of the name Leede (post 1700)
- Edward Horst "Ed" Leede (1927-2018), American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics (1949-1951)