HouseofNames.com

Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


 More

The surname Leete was first found in Cambridge where there is some dispute over the origin on the name. One reference claims the name is a location name meaning "a meeting of crossroads" as in "court-leet and borough-leet," [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
while another claims the name was a baptismal name "the son of Lettice" (Latin laetitia, gladness) from the nickname Lete. Lettice was a very popular girl's name in its day but was rare by the late 1800s. [2]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)
Regardless of the origin, the first records of the name were in Cambridge where Letia (no surname) was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls list Nicolas filius Lete in Bedfordshire; Walter Lete in Suffolk and Roge Lete in Oxfordshire. [2]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)

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Leete include Leete, Leeth, Leety, Lety and others.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leete research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1612, 1683, 1612, 1661, 1665, 1676 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Leete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leete Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Leete or a variant listed above:

Leete Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Leete, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1639
  • Humphrey Leete, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Samuel Leete, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1677

Leete Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Leete, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812

Leete Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Leete arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850
 More

  • Bernard More Troughton Shute Leete OBE AFC (1898-1978), English aviator and aviation pioneer, he made the first flight from England to India in a light aircraft
  • William Leete (1661-1665), English Governor of the Colony of New Haven
  • Alfred Leete (1882-1933), British illustrator
 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
Leete Armorial History With Coat of ArmsLeete Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Leete Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageLeete Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Leete Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesLeete Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Leete Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainLeete Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Leete Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugLeete Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Leete Armorial History with FrameLeete Armorial History with Frame
Leete Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsLeete Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  11. ...

The Leete Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leete 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 11 September 2013 at 08:44.

Sign Up

  

FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more