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.
Early Origins of the Leeson family
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.
Early History of the Leeson family
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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.
Early Notables of the Leeson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leeson family to 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.
Migration of the Leeson family to the New World and Oceana
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, who settled in Virginia in 1723
- Elizabeth Leeson, who settled in Virginia in 1749
Leeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George, James, Thomas and William Leeson all, who 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 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 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
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)
Historic Events for the Leeson family
- Mr. James Leeson, British Horseman aboard the SS Calonne from who died in the explosion CITATION[CLOSE]
Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
The Leeson 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.