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Ledsham Coat of Arms / Ledsham Family Crest

Ledsham Coat of Arms / Ledsham Family Crest

This ancient English surname of LEDSHAM was of the locational group of surnames meaning 'one who came from Ledsham' a parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, six miles from Pontefract. The name is a corrupted form of Lettsom and Lett. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Nigel de LEDESHAM, who was recorded in Yorkshire in the year 1212, and William LEDSHAM of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. Later instances of the name include Thomas LEDSAM, who was buried at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in 1540, and Thomas LEDSUM of County Cheshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1582. Jane, daughter of Cuthbert LEDSOME was buried at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1606. 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. Later instances of the name include Charles Hope and Sarah LEDSON, who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1809. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.

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