Leport History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Leport surname comes from the Middle/Old English word "port," meaning "a harbor," or "market town" As such, the surname is thought to have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a port, or a market town.

Early Origins of the Leport family

The surname Leport was first found in Hampshire and Dorset. The family claim descent from Hugo de Port who came to England at the Norman Conquest and held fifty-five lordships in those counties. [1]

A Hubert de Port was also a tenant in capite in Hampshire as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2]

Adam de Port or Porz (died 1213) was an English Baron, eldest son of John de Port and Maud, his wife, grandson of Henry de Port, lord of Basing in Hampshire. Adam reported to the exchequer in 1164, his father John being then alive, for about twenty-four knights' fees in Herefordshire. In 1172 accused of treason and of plotting the death of the king; he was summoned to appear before the king's court, disobeyed the summons, fled from England, and was outlawed. He seems to have returned to England at some point as he was fined three hundred marks for trespassing in the royal forests in 1176. He is said to have served the king in Normandy in 1194. [3]

From these early records, the family quickly scattered. "The church [of Upper Areley, Staffordshire], which is situated on an eminence commanding a fine prospect, was first built by Henry de Port, in the reign of Henry I., and was rebuilt in the time of Edward I." [4]

Another branch of the family was found at early times in Derbyshire. "The manor belonged to Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, in the reign of Stephen. It was given by Henry VIII., in 1540, to Sir John Port, Knt., one of the justices of the king's bench." [4]

Important Dates for the Leport family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leport research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1480, 1541, 1486, 1517, 1522 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Leport History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leport Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Port, Le Port, De la Port, Delaport, Porte, De Porte, Deport and many more.

Early Notables of the Leport family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Port (c. 1480-1541), English jurist, born at Chester, where his ancestors had been merchants for some generations; his father, Henry, was mayor of Chester in 1486. In 1517 he was 'clerk of exchange in...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leport Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leport migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leport Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John LePort, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 [5]

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ 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)
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