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The name Leeson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name for the son of Levison, which was a form of Lewis. Baptismal names are forms of patronymic surnames, and derive from either the religious or the vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the surname Leeson was originally derived from the given name of the father of the bearer.

Leeson Early Origins



The surname Leeson was first found in Northumberland 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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Leeson Spelling Variations


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Leeson Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Leeson include Leeson, Leason and others.

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Leeson Early History


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Leeson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leeson research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, and 1524 are included under the topic Early Leeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leeson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leeson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Leeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leeson In Ireland


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Leeson In Ireland



Some of the Leeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words (7 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Leeson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hester Leeson settled in Virginia in 1723
  • Elizabeth Leeson settled in Virginia in 1749

Leeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George, James, Thomas and William Leeson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Leeson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Bridget Leeson, aged 28 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 39)

Leeson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Leeson, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leeson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leeson (post 1700)



  • Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. 1941), American artist and filmmaker, recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award (2009)
  • Cecil Leeson (1902-1989), American musician and teacher
  • David Leeson (b. 1957), American reporter who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, recipient of the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, the National Headliner Award, and a regional Emmy Award in 2004
  • Nicholas "Nick" Leeson (b. 1967), English former derivatives trader whose unsupervised speculative trading caused the collapse of Barings Bank, the United Kingdom's oldest investment bank
  • Patrick George Leeson (1915-1997), English cricketer
  • Joseph Leeson (1701-1783), 1st Earl of Milltown, Baron Russborough, Irish peer and politician
  • John Leeson (b. 1943), British actor, best known as the voice of K-9 on the television series Doctor Who (1977 to 1979)

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Leeson Historic Events


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Leeson Historic Events




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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: Clarior e tenebris
Motto Translation: The brighter from previous obscurity.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 39)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Leeson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leeson 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 9 December 2016 at 08:50.

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