Lefferake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Lefferake is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the township of Liversedge located in the parish of Bristall just miles from Leeds.

Early Origins of the Lefferake family

The surname Lefferake 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 Lefferake family

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

Lefferake 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. Lefferake has been spelled many different ways, including Leversage, Leverage, Leveredge, Leverich, Leverick, Leveridge, Leversage, Leversedge, Liversage, Livesage, Liveredge, Liverich and many more.

Early Notables of the Lefferake family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Lefferake family

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 Lefferakes to arrive in North America: 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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