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LEATHLEAN was a locational name ' of Leathley ' a parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived.Early records of the name mention LEDELAI was listed in the Domesday Book. LEELEIA who was listed in Pembrokeshire in the year ll66, LETHELAYE was listed for tax purposes in l29l. Adam de Letheleye, 1379, Yorkshire. Henry Leathelye and Fortune Hallywell, were married in London in the year 1579. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84. The acquisition of surnames in Europe during the past eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in neighbouring cultures and indigenous cultural tradition. On the whole, the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working classes and the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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