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The name Leek first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in one of the places that was called Leake.

Leek Early Origins



The surname Leek was first found in either Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire which all have parishes names Leake. For some of the first listings of the family, we must look to Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: John de Lek; Roger de Leke; and Teobald de Lek as all living in that shire at that time. [1]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)
Willie's Lyke-Wake is a Child Ballad, one of 305 traditional ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants listed in the 1904 Houghton Mifflin edition. Lyke-Wake Dirge is a traditional English song that is thought to have originated in the Yorkshire area.

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Leek Spelling Variations


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Leek Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Leek has appeared include Leake, Leak, Leek, Leeke, Leyke and others.

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Leek Early History


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Leek Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leek research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1581, 1655, 1627, 1679, 1660, 1633, 1681, 1656, 1720, 1710, 1712, 1708 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Leek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leek Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leek Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Francis Leke, 1st Earl of Scarsdale (1581-1655) fought for the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir Francis Leke, 1st Baronet (1627-1679), an English soldier, administrator and Member of Parliament, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1660; William Leake, the father (died...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leek In Ireland


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Leek In Ireland



Some of the Leek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Leek arrived in North America very early:

Leek Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Leek, who arrived in Barbados in 1679
  • Aaron Leek, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1682

Leek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannis Leek, who landed in New York in 1715-1716
  • John Leek, aged 17, arrived in Virginia in 1773
  • John Leek, who settled in Virginia in 1773

Leek Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Leek, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • Elizabeth Leek, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • Ann Leek, aged 50, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850

Leek Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Leek, aged 50, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850
  • Christopher Leek arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • Mary Leek arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • George Leek arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • Frank Leek arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "SS British King" in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leek (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leek (post 1700)



  • Sybil Leek (1917-1982), English witch, astrologer, psychic, and occult author
  • Andy Leek (b. 1964), English musician
  • Stephen Leek (b. 1959), Australian composer, conductor, educator, and publisher
  • Geoff Leek (1932-2008), Australian rules footballer
  • Kenneth Leek (1935-2007), Welsh footballer

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Agendo gnaviter
Motto Translation: By acting prudently.


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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Leek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leek 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 7 September 2016 at 07:35.

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