The name ‘Leach’ originates from England. It is derived from the occupational name for a physician, from the Old English word ‘loece’. It may also have been a nickname for a demanding or bloodthirsty person, from the bloodsucking creature of the same name, although the metaphor lay originally in calling the animal ‘healer’ rather than doctor ‘bloodsucker’. It is also a local name for someone who lived by a boggy stream. From the Old English word ‘loecc’, ‘loece’ (related to ‘lacu’ meaning stream). Bearers of the surname ‘Leche’ can still be found in Carden, Cheshire. ‘John Leche’ acquired land there through hid marriage to the daughter of ‘William de Cardwarden of Carden in the 14th century. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Leach’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Edmund le Leche’, from the county of Oxfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of t… Coat of arms: Erminie on …
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