Leland Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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The origins of the Leland name come from when the Anglo-Saxon clans ruled over Britain.  The name Leland originally acquired from a family having resided in Leyland, in Lancashire.  The place-name Leyland acquired from the Old English component Iaege and land.  And means “untilled land.” It noted as Lailand in the Domesday Book, compiled in 1086 on the orders of William the Champion.  The family name acquired from the place-name and means “dweller by the uncultivated land.”  Before English spelling regulated a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the educate.  The variations of the surname Leland include Leyland, Leland, Lelland, Leeland, Lealand and others. More common variations are: Leeland, Leyland, Lealand, Lealand, Lieland, Lelaind, Leiland, Leleand.

The surname Leland first appeared in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times, some say well before the Norman Invasion and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.

Some of the people with the name Leland who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Hopestill Leland, who landed in Massachusetts in 1624.  Henry Leland, who arrived in New England in 1655.  Christopher Leland, who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680. People with the surname Leland who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Adam Leland, who settled in Boston in 1715.  John Leland, who arrived in Virginia in 1775.

Some of the people with the surname Leland who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Alonzo Leland, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.  Catherine Leland, who landed in New York in 1851.  A Leland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851.  Joseph Leland, who landed in New York in 1851.  W Leland, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Gu. on a saltire ar. three palets az. a chief or. Crest—A crow rising, transfixed with an arrow.
2) Ar. a bend gu. cotised sa.

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