The name Leeder comes from one of the family having worked as a drover; a driver of a cart or vehicle carrying cargo of one kind or another. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word lædere,
which meant leader, because of course the driver had to lead the horses pulling the cart. 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) Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal
armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer,
the French name Chevalier
and the German name Jeger,
which means hunter.
Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiff, Squire
are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.
Early Origins of the Leeder family
The surname Leeder was first found in Durham
where one of the first records of the name was Ralph Ledere who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1243. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Leeder family
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Leeder Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Leeder have been found, including: Leader, Leeder and others.
Early Notables of the Leeder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leeder family to Ireland
Some of the Leeder family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 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 Leeder family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Leeder, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Leeder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William F. Leeder, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1896
Leeder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Sarah A. Leeder, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1903
- Herbert Leeder, aged 45, who settled in America from Norfolk, in 1903
- Zelik Leeder, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- Ada Mary Leeder, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Norwich, England, in 1908
- Mrs. William F. Leeder, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1911
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Leeder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Leeder, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Leeder (post 1700)
- Mike Leeder, English film producer, casting director, based in Hong Kong
- S. H. Leeder (b. 1918), British author best known for his book Modern Sons of the Pharaohs
- Cyril Leeder (b. 1959), Canadian president of the Ottawa Senators, a NHL ice hockey team
Historic Events for the Leeder family
- Mr. Frederick H Leeder, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html