Lesh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Lesh family

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. [1]

Early History of the Lesh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lesh research. Another 45 words (3 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.

Lesh Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Lesh family (pre 1700)

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

United States Lesh migration to the United States +

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 [2]
Lesh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Lesh, aged 41, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • George Lesh, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [2]
  • Heronemus Lesh, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lesh (post 1700) +

  • Robert C. Lesh, American politician, Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1998 [3]
  • Nathan M. Lesh, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1889-92 [3]
  • Joseph H. Lesh, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, 1953-54 [3]

The Lesh 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.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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