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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Leonards was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for Leonard. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In this case the surname Leonards was originally derived from the well-known saint, St. Leonard who was a popular both in England and in France.

Leonards Early Origins



The surname Leonards was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Leonards Spelling Variations


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Leonards 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 Leonards include Leonard, Leonards, Lennard and others.

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Leonards Early History


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Leonards Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leonards research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1570, 1616, 1615, 1590, 1591, 1604, 1680, 1637, 1709, 1681, 1685, 1698, 1701, 1654, 1715, 1661, 1722 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Leonards History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leonards Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leonards Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Henry Lennard, 12th Baron Dacre (1570-1616), an English Baron and politician; Sampson Lennard (died 1615), of Chevening in Kent, an English Member of Parliament, High Sheriff of Kent (1590-1591); Sir Stephen Lennard ( c. 1604-1680), 1st Baronet of West Wickham; and his son...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leonards Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leonards In Ireland


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Leonards In Ireland



Some of the Leonards family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words (5 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



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 Leonards were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Leonards Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Leonards, who arrived in Maryland in 1663

Leonards Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Leonards, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Leonards Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leonards 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 16 January 2014 at 08:43.

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