Leeder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] 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 and Abbott, 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. Later, Henry le Leeder was listed at Pichbeck, Suffolk in 1328. [2]

From these early entries for the family, we move forward many years to find Richard Ledar, rector of Fouldon, Norfolk in 1519 and Thomas Leader held lands in Norfolk in 1654. [3] Leeder was the name of the rector of Hale church in 1566. [4]

Early History of the Leeder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leeder research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1553, 1558, 1601, 1771, 1688, 1767, 1828, 1823, 1826, 1812, 1818, 1810, 1903, 1798 and 1885 are included under the topic Early Leeder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leeder Spelling Variations

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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Ireland Migration of the Leeder family to Ireland

Some of the Leeder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Leeder migration to the United States +

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 immigrated 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 immigrated to America from Norwich, England, in 1908
  • Mrs. William F. Leeder, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Leeder migration to Australia +

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

Leeder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Leeder, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leeder (post 1700) +

  • William Henry Leeder (d. 1845), English immigrant to Australia who arrived in the Swan River Colony settler in the Swan River Colony, Western Australia in 1830; he was granted a parcel of land that now includes the suburb of Leederville, which was named after him
  • Mike Leeder, English film producer, casting director, based in Hong Kong
  • William George Leeder (1845-1906), Australian politician, Mayor of Newcastle, Western Australia several times between 1878 and 1899, eldest son of William Henry Leeder
  • Simon Henry Leeder (1865-1930), 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

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Frederick H Leeder, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [6]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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