Leydon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Leydon family

The surname Leydon 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 Leydon family

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Leydon Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Leydon family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Leydon family to Ireland

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United States Leydon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leydon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Leydon, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Nathanael Leydon, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
Leydon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Leydon in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • Kate Leydon, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Catherine Leydon, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1895
Leydon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Denis Leydon, aged 50, who settled in America from Carrigaholt, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ann Teresa Leydon, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Sligo, Ireland, in 1908
  • James Leydon, who immigrated to the United States from Bailiebovo, Ireland, in 1915
  • James Leydon, aged 19, who landed in America from Drumshambro, Ireland, in 1915
  • John Leydon, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Coolmore, Ireland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Leydon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leydon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Phip Leydon, aged 20, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Catherine Leydon, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

Australia Leydon migration to Australia +

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

Leydon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Leydon, (b. 1800), aged 34, Irish farm servant who was convicted in Roscommon, Ireland for life for being an Irish rebel, transported aboard the "Forth" on 21st October 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1855 [2]
  • Mary Leydon, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"

West Indies Leydon migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Leydon Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Leydon in Jamaica in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Leydon (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Patrick Michael "Joe" Leydon (b. 1952), American film critic and historian
  • Monica "Mona" Annie Leydon, New Zealand bronze medalist swimmer at the 1938 British Empire Games
  • Seamus Leydon, Irish Gaelic footballer


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/forth
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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