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

The roots of the distinguished and ancient German surname are unclear; there are many possible origins for this name, all corresponding to different regions. Firstly, the name may be derived from the Middle High German "licht," meaning "light, lamp"; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a maker of lanterns or candlesticks. Alternatively, the name may be related to the Middle High German "liht," meaning "light-hearted, careless, unsteady." In this case, the name would have originated as a nickname, bestowed on someone with a light-hearted disposition. Finally, the surname may be derived from "Lichte," the name of a town in Thuringia, which is itself derived from the Middle High German "lichta," meaning "clearing."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Licht, Lichte, Likht, Liehte, Leicht and others.

First found in various regions of Germany and the surrounding areas of Switzerland, Austria, France, and Belgium. The many possible origins of the name Leicht make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently in different areas. The written history of the name Leicht dates back to 1275, when Egelolfus and Berhta dicti zem Liehte of Solothurn, Switzerland were recorded in the "Mittlehochdeutsches Namenbuch." The many branches of the young Leicht family were instrumental during this early period, each contributing greatly to the development of the medieval society of its particular region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leicht research. Another 212 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1295, 1617, 1705, 1748, 1762, and 1822 are included under the topic Early Leicht History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leicht Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leicht Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Eliz Leicht, aged 20, landed in New York in 1710
  • Anna Margatta Leicht, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1710
  • George Ludwig Leicht, aged 66, landed in New York in 1710
  • Henrich Leicht, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johan Henrich Leicht, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1710


Leicht Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Magdalen Leicht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Ludowig Leicht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Gottlieb Leicht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Christopher Leicht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Dorothea Leicht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806


Leicht Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Johannes Leicht, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Elisabeth Leicht, aged 17, arrived in America in 1901
  • Daniel Leicht, aged 15, arrived in America in 1901
  • Catherina Leicht, aged 21, landed in America in 1901
  • Catherine Leicht, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1901


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  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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The Leicht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leicht 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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