name Leedey comes from when the family resided 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 Leedey denotes someone who came from Leeds.
Early Origins of the Leedey family
The surname Leedey 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 Leedey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leedey research.Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1573, 1656, 1621, 1622, 1632, 1712, 1624, 1704, 1699 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Leedey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leedey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leedey has been recorded under many different variations, including Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.
Early Notables of the Leedey 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 Leedey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leedey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leedey or a variant listed above: 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.".