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In Ireland the surname may be from the same source, or as a form of the Gaelic O'Leannain. This is composed of the elements O' meaning "descendant of", and "Leannan", a byname meaning "lover". The surname is first recorded in England and Agnes Leonard appears in the Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire, dated 1272, whilst in Germany Johannes Leonardi of Ulm appears in the charters of that city in 1479. Thomas Leonard was one of the earliest namebearers to settle in the colony of Virginia, New England in 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is that of Stephanus Leonardus. This was dated 1221, in the Assize Court Rolls of Worcestershire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd of Engaland, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Hermanus Jan Leonard. Guitar player and singer. Very handsome tall man. Born 28 February 1925-1928


Hermanus Jan Leonard. He was attractive and he played the guitar and he used to sing at concerts. 28 February 1925-1928


I am interested in the comment made by Shaun Leonard. My mother is Elizabeth Leonard, my grandfather Martin Patrick Grainge Leonard and I recently received some photo albums that my great great uncle, William Albert Patrick Leonard had taken during his time in the South African Boer war of 1900. One of the albums is dedicated to his brother John (Jack) and one to his father Patrick. I am very interested to find out more about his life, and any descendants. I’m thinking he married a Margaret McBlain in the UK in 1883 and they had a daughter Margaret Lucy Grainge born in 1884, but I didn’t know anything about the South African family! I’d be very interested to know more Shaun! Trish (née Rutter)

Louise Leonard

My ancestor John Leonard, born according to what I have been able to find, in Limerick in 1791 (or thereabouts). He was the first to move to South Africa, He was the son of an Edward Leonard. I would love to trace even further back.


Hi Louise I am not sure if I can help you, but maybe you can help me. I am trying to figure out who my great grandfather was and I see you mention the name Edward Leonard, I have these name in my family and also live in South Africa.

Emma Desson

my grandmother was born in Donegal 1900's and used the name Leanord. I think this may have been misspelled. She moved to Scotland when she was young.

Shaun Leonard

I am trying to find the Leonard clan that lived in Cape Town South Africa in the early 1900. William Albert Patrick Leonard left a wife and child in England / Ireland and joined the military in India. He disembarked in Cape town and married Margery Siscely. Their children included Eric that was blind and Patrick George who ended up at Marsh Memorial Home. William Albert Patrick's father was Patrick and he was married to Louisa Grange Partick's father is believed to be John who married Mary Doaling.

Gabriel Leonard

Greetings from Panama! I'm embarking in my family tree/DNA-Discovery Project.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Leonard name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says one of its origins is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. This Leonard story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup D2] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. This Leonard surname origin is from the Cenél Conaill [R1b-L513, Subgroup D] who found the Dál Fiatach.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) A group will also found the Kingdom of Ercing in Wales as trade with Romans will become essential around 300 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Leonard story begins in pre-history Ireland but this line and many of his kin will move to Wales, then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit

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