Leese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the Leese family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity. The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios, which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa, meaning son of the servant of Jesus.

Early Origins of the Leese family

The surname Leese was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England and Scotland.

Important Dates for the Leese family

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Leese Spelling Variations

In various documents Leese has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

Early Notables of the Leese family (pre 1700)

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Leese migration to the United States

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leese or a variant listed above:

Leese Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Leese, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [1]
  • Thomas Leese, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • James Leese, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]
Leese Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Leese, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Leese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S P Leese, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Charles Leese, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]
  • G P Leese, who landed in Mississippi in 1893 [1]
Leese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Neville Leese, aged 30, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • Norman Leese, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Longton, England, in 1906
  • Robert Leese, aged 3, who settled in America from Derry, in 1907
  • James Leese, aged 1, who landed in America from Derry, in 1907
  • John Leese, aged 6, who immigrated to America from Derry, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Leese (post 1700)

  • Sir Richard Charles Leese CBE (b. 1951), British politician, Leader of Manchester City Council (1996-)
  • Arnold Spencer Leese (1878-1956), British fascist politician and veterinarian
  • Sir Alexander William Leese (1909-1979), 4th Baronet of Send Holme, Surrey, English peer
  • Sir Oliver William Hargreaves Leese (1894-1978), 3rd Baronet of Send Holme, Surrey, English peer, Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Land Forces in South-East Asia from 1944 to 1945
  • Sir William Hargreaves Leese (b. 1868), 2nd Baronet of Send Holme, Surrey, English peer
  • Sir Joseph Francis Leese (1845-1914), 1st Baronet of Send Holme, Surrey, English peer, first class cricketer, lawyer and politician, Liberal Member of Parliament for Accrington from 1892 to 1910
  • Anna Leese (b. 1981), New Zealand soprano opera singer

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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