Leach Family History
Leach Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a physician from Middle English leche lache ‘physician’ (Old English lǣce ‘leech; physician blood-letter surgeon’). The name refers to the medieval medical practice of bleeding typically by applying leeches to a patient. The surname is recorded in the late 14th-century Poll Tax Returns for men whose occupation is stated as medicus ‘physician’ or occasionally spicer (spicers acted as apothecaries) but some men named le Leche have unrelated occupations including cultor ‘cultivator farm laborer’ which suggests that leche could refer to an amateur ‘medicine man’ who supplied folk remedies.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022