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.
Early Origins of the Leonards family
The surname Leonards was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Leonards family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Leonards family (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
(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.
Migration of the Leonards family to Ireland
Some of the Leonards family moved to Ireland
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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
- Thomas Leonards, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Leonards Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Leonards, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"