Leise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Leise is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name for the son of Levison, which was a form of Lewis. Baptismal names are forms of patronymic surnames, and derive from either the religious or the vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the surname Leise was originally derived from the given name of the father of the bearer.

Early Origins of the Leise family

The surname Leise was first found in Northumberland 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 Leise family

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Leise Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leise has been recorded under many different variations, including Leeson, Leason and others.

Early Notables of the Leise family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Leise family to Ireland

Some of the Leise family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Leise migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leise or a variant listed above:

Leise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Leise, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Moses Leise, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • J P Leise, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leise (post 1700) +

  • Frederick A. Leise, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1902; Socialist Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1903

The Leise Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Clarior e tenebris
Motto Translation: The brighter from previous obscurity.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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