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Gu. three swans close ar.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Leight Coat of Arms and Family Crest

The Anglo-Saxon name Leight comes from the baptismal name Lettice. A popular girls name in old times.  This personal name originally acquired from the Latin Iaetitia, which means gladness and joy.  Baptismal names started to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition.  It is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames acquired from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.  One relatively recent invention that did much to regulate English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention, even the most educated people noted their names according to sound rather than spelling.  The spelling variations of which the name Leight appeared include Lett, Layt, Laite, Layte, Let, Lete, Latt, Leyt, Letts, Lettson and much more. More common variations are: Leighty, Leighto, Leighte, Lheight, Leighti, L Eight, Light, Leightey, Leightty, Leighatt. The surname Leight was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Lett, before the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086.

Some of the people with the surname Leight who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Peter Leight, who arrived in New England in 1760.  John Leight, who arrived in Maryland in 1798. Some of the people with the surname Leight who arrived in the Canada in the 19th century included William Leight, aged 28, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship “Arnynta” from Plymouth, England.

Leight Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Leight blazon is the swan. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

Wade suggests that the appearance of a swan in a coat of arms is perhaps an indication of a musical person, or a “ lover of poetry and harmony”. 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P78 It is generally shown in a lifelike aspect and colouring, although it may be leaked and legged with other colours. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Swan. It is a popular charge, both on the shield itself and impress, sometimes sitting and sometimes rising as if about to take off in flight. 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P245

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References   [ + ]

1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P78
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Swan
8. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P245