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Lettsome Early Origins



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.

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Lettsome Spelling Variations


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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.

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Lettsome Early History


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Lettsome Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lettsome research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Lettsome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lettsome Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lettsome Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lettsome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lettsome In Ireland


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Lettsome In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lettsome (post 1700)


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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)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 16 May 2014 at 08:41.

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