Where did the English Leach family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Leach family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
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 Leach has appeared include Leach, Leech, Leche, Leitch, Leich, Leetch and others.
First found in Cheshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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 Leach arrived in North America very early: John Leach arrived in the Barbados in 1679; with his servants; Lawrence Leach settled in Salem in 1628; Margaret Leach settled in Boston in 1635; Rebecca Leach settled in Virginia in 1639.
Suggested Readings for the name Leach
* Leach-Leech Family by Anna Laura Griffith.
* William Adams (also Leach), 1594-1661, of Ipswich, Massachusetts by Kenneth L. Bosworth.
Some noteworthy people of the name Leach
* Bernard Leach, British Potter
* Sir Edmund Ronald Leach, British social anthropologist
* Francis Leach, Australian radio announcer.
* Admiral Henry Leach,
* Reginald Joseph Leach (b. 1950), Canadian retired professional ice hockey winger
* Rosemary Leach (b. 1925), British Actor
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