Early Origins of the Lettsome family
The surname Lettsome 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 Lettsome family
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Lettsome Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Lettsome are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Lettsome include: Ledsham, Leadsham, Leadsom, Leadson, Ledsum, Ledsam, Ledsem, Ledson, Leadson, lettsom, Letsom and many more.
Early Notables of the Lettsome family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lettsome family to Ireland
Some of the Lettsome family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lettsome family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Lettsome or a variant listed above:
Lettsome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Abigal Lettsome, aged 11, who arrived in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1899
- Absolom Lettsome, aged 33, who arrived in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1899
- Ambrose Lettsome, aged 3, who arrived in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1899
- Elizabeth Lettsome, aged 33, who arrived in America from Huddersfield, England, in 1899
Lettsome Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Lettsome, aged 6, who arrived in America, in 1901
- William Lettsome, aged 4, who arrived in America, in 1901
- Enock Lettsome, aged 39, who arrived in America from Ashington, England, in 1905
- Elizabeth Lettsome, aged 47, who arrived in America, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Lettsome (post 1700)
- John Coakley Lettsome (1744-1815), English abolitionist, physician and philanthropist, founder of the Medical Society of London in 1773, close friend of Benjamin Franklin and William Thornton
- Terrance B. Lettsome (1935-2007), British Virgin Islands politician, eponym of the main airport in the British Virgin Islands, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly (1986-1990)
The Lettsome 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.