The name Leids is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Leeds a well-known town in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This place-name was aHabitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation
names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Leids denotes someone who came from Leeds.
Early Origins of the Leids family
The surname Leids was first found in Cambridgeshire
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 Leids family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leids research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1573, 1656, 1621, 1622, 1632, 1712, 1624, 1704, 1699 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Leids History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leids 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. Leids has been spelled many different ways, including Leeds, Lead, Leed, Leads and others.
Early Notables of the Leids family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Leeds (died 1590), an English clergyman from Benenden, Kent
, Rector of Croxton in 1573; Sir John Leedes (died 1656), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leids Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leids family to the New World and Oceana
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 Leidss to arrive in North America: Richard Leeds with his wife Joanne and children settled in New England
in 1637; Timothy Leeds settled in Virginia in 1607; 13 years before the "Mayflower.".