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The origins of the Leitch surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Leitch began when someone in that family worked as a doctor. Throughout the Middle Ages, doctors were known as "leaches" as the practice of bleeding sick people was the generally accepted manner of curing them. There are countless people in the Middle Ages who died thanks to the common cold; not because the virus killed them, but because they bled to death on the advice of their physicians. Bleeding was accomplished by placing a dozen or so leaches on the person who was ill so that they could remove the poisons that were making them ill, hence the name "leach" for the occupation of doctor. It is small wonder that illness was so feared in the medieval period; many people died from illnesses that would not have otherwise killed them because their doctors were weakening them through loss of blood.

Leitch Early Origins



The surname Leitch was first found in Oxfordshire where the earliest records of the family were found as Edmund le Leche and William le Leche who were both listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later, Robert le Leche was listed in the Writs of Parliament of 1307. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Further north in Scotland, many records were found including: Henry Leche held a tenement in Glasgow in 1325. "Henry Leche, is later referred to in a safe conduct by Edward III of England in 1348 as "Hector medicus David de Bruys." From another reference to him in 1369, he turns out to be a MacBeth, perhaps one of the family of hereditary doctors of that name so famous in West Highland history. Wilham de Lech or Leche was burgess of Aberdeen, 1362. He may be William Leche, merchant of Aberdeen, whose goods were plundered in England, 1370, when his ship was driven ashore in Kirklee Rode, Suffolk." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
They also settled in Monteith where they gave their name to Leitchtown.


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Leitch Spelling Variations


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Leitch Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Leitch has appeared include Leach, Leech, Leche, Leitch, Leich, Leetch and others.

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Leitch Early History


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Leitch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leitch research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and are included under the topic Early Leitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leitch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leitch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Leitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leitch In Ireland


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Leitch In Ireland



Some of the Leitch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Leitch arrived in North America very early:

Leitch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Leitch, who settled in New York in 1774

Leitch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John, Samuel and William Leitch, who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • Alex Leitch, who settled in America, in 1892

Leitch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrey Leitch, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States from Hamilton, in 1903
  • Alfred Leitch, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • A. Leitch, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Anne Leitch, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Charles Nicol Leitch, aged 64, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leitch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Archibald Leitch, aged 65, who settled in St. Thomas, Canada, in 1912
  • Christine Leitch, aged 40, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1922

Leitch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Dugald Leitch, Scottish convict from Stirling, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • John Leitch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  • Mary Leitch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  • Jane Leitch, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  • Jane Leitch, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leitch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Leitch, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leitch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leitch (post 1700)



  • David Leitch, American actor and stuntman
  • Patricia Leitch (b. 1933), Scottish writer, best known for her series of children's books
  • William Leighton Leitch (1804-1883), Scottish landscape watercolour painter and illustrator
  • Sam Leitch, Scottish-born, British television sports presenter
  • Bryan Leitch (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Sir Peter Charles Leitch KNZM, QSM (b. 1944), New Zealand businessman, also known as The Mad Butcher for the chain of butcheries he founded
  • Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (1891-1977), British amateur golfer
  • David Leitch (1753-1794), Scottish-born founder of Leitch's Station, Kentucky, United States
  • David Leitch (1923-1988), Australian politician
  • Matthew Leitch (b. 1975), British actor

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Leitch Historic Events


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Leitch Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Arthur P. Leitch (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. M. Leitch, English Matron from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Jessie Wills Leitch, aged 31, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Leitch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leitch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 September 2017 at 16:10.

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