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The Lesher 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.

Lesher Early Origins



The surname Lesher 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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Lesher Spelling Variations


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Lesher 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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Lesher Early History


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Lesher Early History



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

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Lesher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lesher Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lesher 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:

Lesher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joanis Lesher, aged 15, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Bostian Lesher, aged 11, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • John Lesher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Nicholas Lesher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • George Lesher, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lesher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lesher (post 1700)



  • Edgar J. Lesher (1914-1998), American aircraft designer and pilot, Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • Carl Michael Lesher (b. 1951), American-born, Canadian geologist who specializes in the origin of nickel-copper-platinum group element deposits, awarded the Duncan R. Derry Medal (2007)
  • John Vandling Lesher (1866-1932), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1913-1921)
  • Brian Herbert Lesher (b. 1971), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1996 to 2002
  • Dean Stanley Lesher (1903-1993), American newspaper publisher, founder of the Contra Costa Times
  • Robert O. Lesher, American politician, Justice of Arizona State Supreme Court, 1960
  • John Vandling Lesher (1866-1932), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 16th District, 1913-21; Defeated, 1920
  • Jacob A. Lesher (b. 1861), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Berks County, 1905-06, 1909
  • Henry Lesher, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 27th District, 1916
  • Earle B. LeSher, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Broome County 2nd District, 1934, 1935; Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1936
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Lesher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lesher 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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