Show ContentsLetham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Letham family

The surname Letham 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 held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Letham family

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Letham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leydon, Leidden, Leyden, Leidon, Lethen, Lethane and others.

Early Notables of the Letham family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Letham family to Ireland

Some of the Letham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Letham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Letham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Letham, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
Letham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Letham, who settled in North Carolina in 1813

Canada Letham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Letham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Letham, who settled in Nova Scotia sometime between 1598 and 1783

New Zealand Letham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Letham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Letham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [2]
  • Mrs. Letham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Letham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [2]
  • Mr. David Letham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [2]
  • Mr. John Letham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Letham (post 1700) +

  • Dugald Ronald "Ronnie" Letham (1949-2008), Scottish actor
  • David Letham (1923-2007), Scottish football player and administrator
  • Isabel Letham (1899-1995), Australian pioneer first-time surfer at Freshwater Beach, Sydney in 1915, tandem with Duke Kahanamoku


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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