Lethbridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Lethbridge begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Lethbridge located in the county of Devon.

Early Origins of the Lethbridge family

The surname Lethbridge was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Lethbridge family

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Lethbridge Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lethbridge has undergone many spelling variations, including Lethbridge, Lethbrige, Letbridge, Letteridge and others.

Early Notables of the Lethbridge family (pre 1700)

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Lethbridge migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lethbridge were among those contributors:

Lethbridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Lethbridge, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820

Lethbridge migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lethbridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jeremiah Lethbridge, (b. 1802), aged 34, Cornish settler convicted in Old Bailey, London, UK on 9th May 1836, sentenced for 7 years for stealing 6 pieces of handkerchief from London Dock Company, transported aboard the ship "John II" on 30th September 1836 to Australia [1]
  • Ellen E Lethbridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]
  • Robert Lethbridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [3]

Lethbridge 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:

Lethbridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Lethbridge, (b. 1794), aged 47, British labourer, born in Devon travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [4]
  • Mrs. Louisa Lethbridge née Yates, (b. 1799), aged 41, British settler, born in Devon travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [4]
  • Mr. George Lethbridge, (b. 1820), aged 20, British settler, born in Devon travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Lethbridge, (b. 1823), aged 18, British settler, born in Devon travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [4]
  • Mr. Richard Lethbridge, Jr., (b. 1826), aged 15, British settler, born in Devon travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lethbridge (post 1700)

  • Sir Roper Lethbridge C.I.E (1840-1919), British academic and civil servant in India
  • Sir Thomas Periam Hector Noel Lethbridge (b. 1950), 7th Baronet, British peer
  • Sir Hector Wroth Lethbridge (1898-1978), 6th Baronet, British peer
  • Sir Wroth Periam Christopher Lethbridge (1863-1950), 5th Baronet, British peer
  • Sir Wroth Acland Lethbridge (1831-1902), 4th Baronet, British peer
  • Sir John Hesketh Lethbridge (1798-1873), 3rd Baronet, British peer
  • Sir Thomas Buckler Lethbridge (1778-1849), 2nd Baronet British politician, Member of Parliament for Somerset (1806-1812) and (1826-1830), British peer
  • Sir John Lethbridge (b. 1815), 1st Baronet of Westaway House and Winkley Court, Somerset, British peer
  • William Lethbridge (1825-1901), British president of North Western Coal and Navigation Company, and eponym of Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Charles Lethbridge Kingsford (1862-1926), English historian and topographer

Citations

  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AdenRegister.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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