Letson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Letson family
The surname Letson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Ledsham near Pontefrac. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1219 when Nigel Ledsham held the domains.
Early History of the Letson family
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Letson Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Letson have been found, including Ledsham, Leadsham, Leadsom, Leadson, Ledsum, Ledsam, Ledsem, Ledson, Leadson, lettsom, Letsom and many more.
Early Notables of the Letson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Letson family to Ireland
Some of the Letson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Letson migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Letson, or a variant listed above:
Letson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Letson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 
Contemporary Notables of the name Letson (post 1700) +
- Al Letson, American poet, playwright, performer
- Tom Letson (b. 1952), American Democratic member of the Ohio House
- Thomas Letson (1840-1925), Canadian Ontario farmer, manufacturer and political figure
- Major-General Harry Farnham Germaine Letson (1896-1992), Military Advisor to the Government (1954-1958) 
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The Letson 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: Fac at spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 27) Harry Letson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Letson/Harry_Farnham_Germaine/Canada.html