Leon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Leon family

The surname Leon was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times. One of the first records of the surname was Moses de León (c. 1250-1305), a Spanish rabbi and Kabbalist who is thought of as the composer or redactor of the Zohar. And much later, most people know of Juan Ponce de León (1474-1521), the Spanish explorer and conquistador and his association with the legend of the Fountain of Youth.

Early History of the Leon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leon research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1590, 1549, 1533, 1608, 1474, 1521, 1524, 1591, 1520, 1584, 1527, 1591, 1602, 1658, 1610, 1687, 1749 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Leon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leon, Leoni, Leone, Leonelli, Leonetti, Leonie and many more.

Early Notables of the Leon family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Pompeo Leoni of Madrid; Juan Ponce de León (1474-1521), Spanish explorer, 1st Governor of Puerto Rico, best associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth; Juan Ponce de León II, (1524-1591), the 1st Puerto Rican to become acting governor of Puerto Rico; Pedro Ponce de Leon (1520-1584) a Spanish Benedictine monk who is...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Leon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leon Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Cristobal Leon, who arrived in Peru in 1537
  • Hernardo de Leon, his wife Maria Fernandez and their four children, who arrived in Peru in 1570
  • Francisco De Leon, his wife Ana Lopez and their two children, who arrived in New Spain in 1577
  • Bernardino Leon, who arrived in Chile in 1577
Leon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Leon, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1649 [1]
Leon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Leon, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Juan Leon, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Patrick Leon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Pedro De Leon, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Alonso De Leon, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Leon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Leon, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]

New Zealand Leon 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:

Leon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Leon, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl Durham" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1841 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leon (post 1700) +

  • Captain Pierre Leon (1838-1915), American officer in the Union Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient
  • Adrianna Therese León (b. 1987), American singer-songwriter, chef, personal fitness trainer, model and actress
  • Jose Leon (b. 1976), American professional baseball player from Puerto Rico
  • Pamela Leon, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972 [4]
  • John F. Leon (1910-1987), American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1959-67; Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 14th District, 1969-70 [4]
  • Jason Leon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2004 [4]
  • Gersam Leon, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bayonne, 1862-76 [4]
  • David Leon, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Curaçao, 1874 [4]
  • D. H. Leon, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972 [4]
  • Christine L. Leon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980 [4]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Leon +

  • 1080 The Empresario Don Martin de Leon (also Leon) by Arthur B.J. Hammett.

  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 39)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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