Leferich History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Leferich surname lived in the township of Liversedge located in the parish of Bristall just miles from Leeds.

Early Origins of the Leferich family

The surname Leferich was first found in West Yorkshire at Liversedge, a township that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Livresec, [1] a manor belonging to Radulf, a vassal of Ilbert de Lacy. The place name probably means "edge or ridge of a man called Leofhere," from the Old English personal name + "ecg." [2] The township includes the hamlets of Millbridge, Littletown, Hightown, the Heights, and Robert-Town. Liversedge Hall was anciently the property of the Neville family, lords of the manor. Today the hall is in ruins and slight remains can be seen.

Important Dates for the Leferich family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leferich research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1439, 1670 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Leferich History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leferich Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Leferich are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Leferich include: Leversage, Leverage, Leveredge, Leverich, Leverick, Leveridge, Leversage, Leversedge, Liversage, Livesage, Liveredge, Liverich and many more.

Early Notables of the Leferich family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leferich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Leferich family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Leferich or a variant listed above: William Leveredge, who settled in New England in 1633; Sarah Leveredge settled in Barbados in 1663; Henry Leverage settled in Boston in 1635; William Leveridge settled in Salem in 1633.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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