Leff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Leff has two distinct possible entomological origins. Firstly, the name could have been derived from the Old English personal name "Leofa" and/or "Leofe", both meaning "Dear" or "Beloved." Secondly, the name could have been a topographical name for someone who lived in a densely foliated area from the Middle English word "leaf."

Early Origins of the Leff family

The surname Leff was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Leff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leff research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1273, 1279, 1318, 1327, 1377, 1677, and 1754 are included under the topic Early Leff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leff Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Leff has been spelled many different ways, including Leaf, Leaff, Leaffe, Leafe, Leif, Lief, Life, Lef, Leof, Leefe, Leve and many more.

Early Notables of the Leff family (pre 1700)

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Leff Ranking

In the United States, the name Leff is the 11,678th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Leff migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Leffs to arrive in North America:

Leff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Leff, aged 23, who landed in America from Nowogrod, in 1899
Leff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Josef Leff, aged 18, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Abraham Leff, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • Ben Leff, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Cilly Leff, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • Cecil Leff, aged 2, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Leff (post 1700) +

  • Robert Leff, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Merisel in 1980, a multi-billion dollar, multi-national computer products distributor
  • Arthur Allen Leff (1935-1981), American professor of law at the Yale Law School


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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