Anglo-Saxon name Leiser come from when the family resided in Leicester, in Leicestershire. Leicester is the capital of the county and its name is derived from the Old English element ceaster, which meant "Roman town."
Early Origins of the Leiser family
Cheshire at Leycester, more commonly known as Leicester, a city now in the unitary authority area in the East Midlands. The first record of the place name was found in the early 10th century as "Ligera ceater" but by the Domesday Book of 1086 the place name had evolved to Ledecestre. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally the place name means "Roman town of the people called Ligore," having derived from the Tribal name + the Old English word "ceater." CITATION[CLOSE]
Another source notes that the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list what is probably the first instance of the name as Robert de Lestre. CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Leiser family
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Leiser Spelling Variations
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. Leiser has been recorded under many different variations, including Leycester, Leicester, Leister, Lester and others.
Early Notables of the Leiser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leiser family to Ireland
Some of the Leiser family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Leiser family to the New World and Oceana
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 Leiser or a variant listed above:
Leiser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Leiser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Leiser 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: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.
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