Leyter is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a drover; a driver of a cart or vehicle carrying cargo of one kind or another. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word lædere,
which meant leader, because of course the driver had to lead the horses pulling the cart. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal
armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer,
the French name Chevalier
and the German name Jeger,
which means hunter.
Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiff, Squire
are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.
Early Origins of the Leyter family
The surname Leyter was first found in Durham
where one of the first records of the name was Ralph Ledere who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1243. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Leyter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leyter research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1553 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Leyter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leyter Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Leyter has appeared include Leader, Leeder and others.
Early Notables of the Leyter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leyter family to Ireland
Some of the Leyter family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 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 Leyter family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Leyter arrived in North America very early: Richard Leader, who settled at Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; William Leader settled in Virginia in 1677; Anne Leader settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1825..