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Origins Available: Borderlands, German


The Lesh surname is derived from the Old English word "laece" meaning "leech," and indicating "one who used leeches to let blood," that is, a blood-letter or physician.

Lesh Early Origins



The surname Lesh was first found in Stirlingshire where they held a family seat. The deep roots of the name appear to be in an area around Falkirk and there are many early recordings of the name although it is also recorded in Lanarkshire with the early spelling of Leechman was a sobriquet for a doctor. In fact, there is a claim on record of one Leechman who held many estates and who was Medicus Regis, the King's Leech, and, it is intimated, was the ancestor of the all the Leechmans. Oddly, in their later border relationships, the Leishmans became more oriented toward the clergy. William Leischman was prior of Fogo in 1465.

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Lesh Spelling Variations


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Lesh Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Leechman, Leishman, Leeshman, Leischman, Leisman, Leachman, Leychman, Leighchman, Liechman, Leesman and many more.

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Lesh Early History


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Lesh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lesh research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1435, 1550, and 1644 are included under the topic Early Lesh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lesh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lesh Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lesh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lesh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lesh, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Lesh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Lesh, aged 41, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • George Lesh, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Heronemus Lesh, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lesh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lesh (post 1700)



  • Robert C. Lesh, American politician, Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1998
  • Nathan M. Lesh, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1889-92
  • Joseph H. Lesh, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, 1953-54

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Industriae manus
Motto Translation: The gift of industry.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Lesh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lesh 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 3 November 2015 at 11:03.

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