Lishman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Lishman surname is derived from the Old English word "laece" meaning "leech," and indicating "one who used leeches to let blood," that is, a blood-letter or physician.

Early Origins of the Lishman family

The surname Lishman was first found in Stirlingshire where they held a family seat. The deep roots of the name appear to be in an area around Falkirk and there are many early recordings of the name although it is also recorded in Lanarkshire with the early spelling of Leechman was a sobriquet for a doctor. In fact, there is a claim on record of one Leechman who held many estates and who was Medicus Regis, the King's Leech, and, it is intimated, was the ancestor of the all the Leechmans. Oddly, in their later border relationships, the Leishmans became more oriented toward the clergy. William Leischman was prior of Fogo in 1465. [1]

Important Dates for the Lishman family

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Lishman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leechman, Leishman, Leeshman, Leischman, Leisman, Leachman, Leychman, Leighchman, Liechman, Leesman and many more.

Early Notables of the Lishman family (pre 1700)

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Lishman migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lishman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Lishman, who arrived in New Jersey in 1769 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lishman (post 1700)

  • Stephen Geoffrey Lishman (b. 1960), English cricketer, a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler who played for Northumberland
  • George Lishman (1885-1940), South African sports shooter who competed in three events at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Douglas John "Doug" Lishman (1923-1994), English footballer who played as an inside forward for the England B Team in 1953
  • William "Bill" Lishman (1939-2017), Canadian award-winning sculptor, filmmaker, inventor and naturalist; the first person to lead the flight of geese with an aircraft in 1988
  • John Lishman Potter (1834-1931), English-born, New Zealand goldminer, stonemason and builder

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
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