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

The German surname Leib emerged in the lands that form the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval dukedom. In the Middle Ages, many of the Saxon lands were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Leib family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Leib was an occupational name for a baker. The root of this distinguished surname is the word laib, which in the Middle Ages referred to a baker.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Leib, Leibe, Leibner, Leiber, Leibnitz, Leipnitz, Leibler, Leible, Leibl, Leiblin, Leibesman, Leiblein, Laib, Laible and many more.

First found in Brunswick, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Chronicles first mention Hans Laybel in Nickolsberg in 1414, and Peter Loeublin of Reutlingen in 1390.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leib research. Another 214 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1711, 1716, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Leib History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 64 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leib Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leib Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Leib, who emigrated to America in 1709 with his wife and three children
  • Johan Leib, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Ulrich Leib and Johannes Leib came to Philadelphia in 1727
  • Johan Michael Leib, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johan Peter Leib, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750


Leib Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hersch Leib, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Wilhelmine Leib came to Texas in 1850

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  • Joseph Ateslander Leib (b. 1920), American prominent Jersey City educator
  • James Ross Leib (b. 1922), American Vice-president of the Goddall Rubber Co. and then President of a rubber company in Mexico
  • Gary Leib, American underground cartoonist and musician
  • Michael Leib, American physician and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Karl Leib, German officer in Norway during World War II


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  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Leib Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leib 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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