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.
Early Origins of the Leonards family
Kent where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Leonards family
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Leonards Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Leonards family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Leonards family to Ireland
Some of the Leonards family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Leonards family to the New World and Oceana
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
Leonards Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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