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Today's generation of the Leslie family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Leslie lived in the barony of Leslie in the county of Aberdeen. The surname Leslie belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Leslie Early Origins



The surname Leslie was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated on the lands of Leslie. "This place is said to have derived its name from a family who held the lands so early as the eleventh century." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

It is generally believed the the family was descended from Bartholomew Leslyn, son of Walter de Leslyn, a Flemish knight who attended Queen Margaret when she arrived to marry King Malcolm of Scotland in 1067.

According to legend, the wife of King Malcolm III was thrown from her horse while crossing a river and nearly drowned, but Leslyn, gripping the horses bridle, saved her. She frequently cautioned him to 'grip fast' and afterwards commanded that he retain those words as his family motto. He later married the sister of Malcolm Ceanmore, and so was appointed Governor of Edinburgh Castle and made Lord Leslie. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.

Malcolm Leslie of Garioch in Aberdeenshire, son of Bartolf, received a feudal charter confirming his lands from a grant made to his name-father, Lord Leslie. Malcolm's grandson, Sir Andrew de Lesly, was one of the signatories of the 1320 'Arbroath Declaration of Independence' to the Pope, which affirmed Scotland's sovereignty and included the words: "as long as one hundred Scotsmen still live they would never submit to English rule."

Another source claims the family "trace their origin to Bartholomew, a Flemish chief, who settled with his followers in the district of Garioch, in Aberdeenshire, in the reign of William the Lion. He took the name of De Lesley from the place where he settled. The heralds, however, have an old legend representing the first man of the family as having acquired distinction and a name at once, by overcoming a knight in battle, at a spot between a less lee (meadow) and a greater." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Whichever origin the reader chooses, all agree that one of the first records of the family was "Earl David, brother of William the Lion, granted c. 1171-1199 the lands of Lesslyn in the Garioch to Malcolm son of Bartholf. " [4]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)

As far as the origin of the Coat of Arms is concerned perhaps this quote will shed some light: "Sir Norman de Lechelyn of Aberdeenshire rendered homage in 1296. His seal bears six shields in a circle conjoined in base, each charged with 3 round buckles on a bend." [4]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)
It's a little different that the one anciently used by the family but it is significant in that it notes that the family was using a variant of the same as far back as the 13th century.


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Leslie Spelling Variations


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Leslie Spelling Variations



Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Leslie has appeared Leslie, Lesley, Lessely, Lessley, Lesslie and others.

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Leslie Early History


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Leslie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leslie research. Another 353 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1562, 1680, 1340, 1680, 1850, 1711, 1527, 1596, 1580, 1661, 1635, 1661, 1661, 1571, 1671, 1641, 1650, 1722, 1580, 1661, 1641, 1607, 1667, 1600, 1682, 1661, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Leslie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leslie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leslie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Lesley (1527-1596) Scottish bishop, historian, and statesman, ecclesiastical adviser to Mary Queen of Scots; Henry Leslie (1580-1661) Scottish-born, Church of Ireland Bishop of Down and Connor (1635 to 1661) and briefly Bishop of Meath (1661); John Leslie (1571-1671), a Scottish royalist bishop...

Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leslie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leslie In Ireland


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Leslie In Ireland



Some of the Leslie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North Ameri ca. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Leslie:

Leslie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Leslie settled in the Barbadoes in 1678 with his son
  • Margaret Leslie settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • Andrew Leslie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Margaret Leslie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Leslie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Leslie, who landed in America in 1745
  • George Leslie, who landed in New York in 1784

Leslie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Leslie, aged 22, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • William Leslie, aged 20, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • James Leslie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Alexander, Leslie Jr., who arrived in America in 1809
  • William Leslie, who landed in America in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leslie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • D B Leslie, who arrived in Mississippi in 1904

Leslie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Samual Leslie U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 467 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Leslie U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 521 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss.Lucy Leslie U.E. (b. 1772), aged 11 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 609 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Master.James Leslie U.E. (b. 1770), aged 13 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 608 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Master.Robert Leslie U.E. (b. 1767), aged 16 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 607 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leslie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Leslie, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Leslie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Leslie, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • Donald Leslie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  • Christina Leslie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  • Robert Leslie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  • John Leslie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leslie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Leslie, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Robert Leslie landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Robert Leslie, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Agnes Leslie, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Robert Leslie, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leslie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leslie (post 1700)



  • Captain Sir John Norman Ide Leslie (b. 1916), 4th Baronet American-born, Irish peer
  • Joan Leslie (1925-2015), stage name of Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel, an American actress, best known for her roles in High Sierra, Sergeant York and Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Felix Leslie, American politician, Delegate to Florida State Constitutional Convention from Jackson County, 1865
  • Clyde C. Leslie, American Republican politician, Chair of Webster County Republican Party, 1961-63
  • Charles P. Leslie, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Barnwell County, 1868
  • Charles P. Leslie, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1863
  • Bob Leslie, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1982
  • Alexander Leslie, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1869-70
  • Harry Leslie, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932
  • Harry Guyer Leslie (1878-1937), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1923-27; Speaker of the Indiana State House of Representatives, 1925-27; Governor of Indiana, 1929-33
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Leslie Historic Events


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Leslie Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Lucy NoŽl Martha Leslie, aged 27, Canadian First Class passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8

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Suggested Readings for the name Leslie


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Suggested Readings for the name Leslie



  • Early Leslies in York County, South Carolina by Marion Emerson Murphy.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Leslie
Lesely, Lesley, Leslie, Lessely, Lessley, Lesslie and more.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  11. ...

The Leslie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leslie 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.

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