HISTORY OF THE LEAF NAME :
Recorded in several spellings including Leaf, Leafe, Leefe, Life, Liff, Leif, Leaves and Leavis, this is usually an English surname. It has several possible origins.
The first is derived from the Old English pre 7th century word "leof", meaning dear or beloved, and as such was an early baptismal name. Later in the Middle Ages it was also used as an affectionate nickname similar to Dear or Darling, which in themselves became relatively popular surnames.
Secondly it may have been a topographical nickname for a
forester or woodman, one who lived in a "leafy" area, as in the
recording of one Robert Intheleaves, in the
Thirdly it may be a short form of the early Swedish ornamental names such as Lovberg meaning leaf hill, Lovdahl, leaf valley, or Lovquist, leaf twig.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is
shown to be that of Godwin Lief. This was dated 1198, in the Pipe Rolls of the
county of Norfolk, during the reign of King Richard 1st of England, known as
"The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when
governments introduced personal taxation. In
Our Leaf family including BRIMNER
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg JOHN HENRY 2 LEAF – see 2.
GENERATION ONE :
1.~ ~ ~
ALFRED LEAF was born on 19 February 1849 and was the son of ROBERT LEAF and
ELIZA ELIZABETH HUDSON. Alfred was a
Carpenter. He married ELIZABETH BRIMNER
(nee MACKIE) on
8 October 1885 in
Refer to the BRIMNER family for more information about Alexander and children of Alexander and Elizabeth.
Children of ALFRED LEAF and ELIZABETH BRIMNER (nee MACKIE) were :
WILLIAM LEAF, born 7 October 1886.
Robert was a Private with 2nd Battalion Auckland Regiment NZEF during World
War One. He died on 1 August 1917 in
VALENTINE LEAF, 14 February 1888 in
CHARLES LEAF, born 27 November 1889 in
ANN ELIZA LEAF, born 11 April 1891; died 27 March 1959. Ann married FRANK ASTTEY GILLOTT in 1913.
JOHN HENRY 2 LEAF, born 5 February 1893.
TOIN HUDSON LEAF, born 13 October 1894; died 30 June 1929.
FREDERICK BRUCE LEAF, born 30 June 1896; died 3 July 1978.
Alfred died on 15 September 1919 and
GENERATION TWO :
2.~ ~ ~ JOHN HENRY LEAF (ALFRED) was born 5 February 1893 and was the forth son of ALFRED LEAF and ELIZABETH MACKIE. John married EMILY MINNIE NEEMS in 1922. Emily was born on 7 September 1900 and died 8 June 1974. John died on 7 June 1956.
Children of JOHN LEAF and EMILY NEEMS were:
THOMAS ALFRED LEAF, born 13 March 1924; died 17 July 1983.
JAMES ROBERT LEAF, born 11 October 1926; died 27 January 1942.
FRANCIS JOY LEAF, born 8 December 1929; died 15 June 2003.
SHIRLEY TOIN LEAF, who married BRIAN HAROLD FLOWER.
Please note that in keeping to genealogy publishing protocol I have not included information about later generations including living persons. If you have a family connection please contact me for further information.
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