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The Anglo-Saxon name Leeds comes from the family having 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 Leeds denotes someone who came from Leeds.

Leeds Early Origins



The surname Leeds 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.

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Leeds Spelling Variations


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Leeds Spelling Variations



Leeds has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.

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Leeds Early History


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Leeds Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leeds 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 Leeds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leeds Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leeds Early Notables (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 Leeds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Leedss to arrive on North American shores:

Leeds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Timothy Leeds settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Timothy Leeds, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Richard Leeds with his wife Joanne and children settled in New England in 1637
  • Benjamin Leeds, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1645
  • Richard Leeds, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1647
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leeds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Leeds, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Abraham Leeds, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Elizabeth Leeds, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701
  • Elizabeth Jane, Leeds Jr., who arrived in North Carolina in 1701
  • Martha Leeds, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701

Leeds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Leeds arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leeds (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leeds (post 1700)



  • Thelma Leeds (1911-2006), born Thelma Goodman, an American actress
  • Stacy Leeds (b. 1971), American law professor
  • Phil Leeds (b. 1916), American film and television actor, known for his roles in Rosemary's Baby, All In The Family, Three's Company, Night Court, Wings, Ally McBeal, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Larry Sanders Show and many more
  • Morris E. Leeds (1869-1952), American electrical engineer, awarded the Edward Longstreth Medal in 1920, the ASME Medal in 1946, and the IEEE Edison Medal in 1948, founder of the Leeds & Northrup Company in 1899
  • Lila Leeds (1928-1999), born Lila Lee Wilkinson, an American film actress, known for her roles in The Show-Off (1946) and Lady in the Lake (1947)
  • Eric Leeds (b. 1952), American jazz and funk musician
  • Douglas "Doug" Leeds (b. 1968), American businessman, current Chief Executive Officer of Ask.com
  • Charles J. Leeds, American politician, 37th Mayor of New Orleans (1874-1876)
  • Anthony Leeds (b. 1925), American anthropologist
  • Andrea Leeds (1914-1984), born Antoinette Lees, an American Academy Award nominated film actress, best known for her performance in Stage Door (1937)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    11. ...

    The Leeds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leeds Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 March 2016 at 12:55.

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