The Leshire 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 Leshire family
The surname Leshire 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Leshire family
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Leshire Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Leechman, Leishman, Leeshman, Leischman, Leisman, Leachman, Leychman, Leighchman, Liechman, Leesman and many more.
Early Notables of the Leshire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leshire family to Ireland
Some of the Leshire family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Leshire family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Henrich Leshire, aged 31, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Leshire 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.