This name is of English locational origin from a place thus called in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Recorded as Lepinton in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Leppington in the 1279 Pipe Rolls of that county, the name means "the settlement of Leppa's people" - from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name Leppa plus "ing", people or descendants of and "tun", a farm or settlement. The surname is well recorded in Yorkshire Church Registers from the mid 16th Century, (see below). On October 17th 1580 Thomas Leppington and Agnes Sympson were married in Great Edstone, and on May 2nd 1604 Philip, son of Richard Leppington was christened in Howden, Yorkshire, The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Leppington, a daughter of John Leppington, which was dated May 4th 1560, in Leconfield, Yorkshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Good Queen Bess, 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.