Lenny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Lenny. It is a name for someone who lived in the old lands of Leny, which were in the parish of Callander in Perth. The surname Lenny belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Lenny family

The surname Lenny was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Lenny family

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Lenny Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Lenny include Lennie, Leny, Lenay, Lenny and others.

Early Notables of the Lenny family (pre 1700)

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United States Lenny migration to the United States +

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Lenny:

Lenny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James and Patrick Lenny, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1845
  • Patrick Lenny, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • James Lenny, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1871

New Zealand Lenny migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lenny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W. Lenny, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • Ellen Lenny, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Lenny (post 1700) +

  • May R. E. Lenny, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 [2]
  • Lenny B. Robinson (1964-2015), American impersonator known as the Baltimore Batman for visiting children in Baltimore, Maryland-area hospitals in a Batman costume
  • Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini (1919-2003), American professional boxer, father of Ray Mancini
  • Lenny Daws (b. 1978), English professional boxer, two-time British light welterweight champion
  • Lenny Lyles (1936-2011), professional American Football defensive back
  • Lenny DeRose, American veteran studio engineer and music producer
  • Lenny Daw (b. 1978), British professional boxer
  • Lenny Baldridge, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1916 [3]
  • Lenny Klompus, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 2008 [4]

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Sidney George Lenny, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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