Show ContentsLesher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Lesher family

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. 1

Early History of the Lesher family

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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.

Early Notables of the Lesher family

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Lesher Ranking

In the United States, the name Lesher is the 7,670th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

United States Lesher migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lesher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joanis Lesher, aged 15, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 3
  • Bostian Lesher, aged 11, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 3
  • John Lesher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 3
  • Nicholas Lesher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 3
  • George Lesher, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1764 3
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Samuel Lesher, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Dutchess County Democratic Party, 1927 4
  • Robert O. Lesher, American politician, Justice of Arizona State Supreme Court, 1960 4
  • Jacob A. Lesher (b. 1861), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Berks County, 1905-06, 1909 4
  • Henry Lesher, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 27th District, 1916 4
  • 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 4
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Lesher 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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  3. 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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