Leming History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The present generation of the Leming family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Leeming which was in the county of Yorkshire near the town of Bedale. The surname Leming is a Habitation 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 Leming denotes those who came from Leeming.

Early Origins of the Leming family

The surname Leming was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Important Dates for the Leming family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leming research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Leming History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leming Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Leming include Leeming, Leming and others.

Early Notables of the Leming family (pre 1700)

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Leming migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Leming were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Leming Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Leming, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Thomas Leming, who settled in Jamaica in 1773

Leming migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leming Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Leming, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Robert Leming, aged 51, who landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Robert, Leming Jr., aged 17, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Leming (post 1700)

  • M. E. Leming, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1900
  • Reis Lee Leming GM (1930-2012), American airman who was awarded the British George Medal for his rescuing efforts during the North Sea flood of 1953
  • Josiah Leming (b. 1989), American singer-songwriter

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Citations

  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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