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The origins of the Leedy name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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 Leedy denotes someone who came from Leeds.

Leedy Early Origins



The surname Leedy 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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Leedy Spelling Variations


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Leedy Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Leedy were recorded, including Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.

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Leedy Early History


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Leedy Early History



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

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Leedy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leedy 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 Leedy 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Leedy family emigrate to North America:

Leedy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Leedy, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812

Leedy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • R.B. Leedy, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Edna Leedy, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Emma Leedy, aged 36, who emigrated to New York, NY, in 1907
  • Charles Leedy, aged 23, who landed in America from Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leedy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leedy (post 1700)



  • Harold Gavin Leedy (1892-1989), American president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1941 to 1961)
  • John Whitnah Leedy (1849-1935), American politician, the 14th Governor of Kansas
  • Charles Denoe Leedy (1900-1964), American classical pianist, music educator and music journalist
  • Douglas Leedy (b. 1938), American composer, performer and music scholar

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Leedy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leedy 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 31 May 2016 at 16:13.

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