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Where did the German Lehn family come from? What is the German Lehn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lehn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lehn family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Leonhardt, Leonhard, Leonhardi, Lennartz, Lehnhard, Lienhard (southern Germany), Lehner, Lehnert, Lenhart, Lenhard, Lenhardt, Leonardt and many more.

First found in Frankfurt, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name is a Roman-German mixed compounded of Leo (lion) and "Hard," the mediaeval German word for "brave." St. Leonhardt was the patron saint of farmers and of horses. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lehn research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1747, 1756, 1758, 1790, 1792, 1830, 1836, and 1889 are included under the topic Early Lehn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 54 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lehn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lehn Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Lehn, who arrived in America in 1742
  • Johannes Lehn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Frederick Lehn, who arrived in America in 1777-1783
  • Philip Lehn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782

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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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The Lehn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lehn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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