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Where did the German Leu family come from? What is the German Leu family crest and coat of arms? When did the Leu family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Leu family history?The origin of the proud surname Leu can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The distinguished surname Leu is derived from the Middle High German "lewe," meaning "lion."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Loewe, Loewen, Lowen, Lowe, Low, Lower, Löwe, Löw, Leu, Leue, Lau, Laue, Löbe, Lobe, Leb, Lebe and many more.
First found in Bohemia, where the Leu family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. One of the earliest recorded Bohemian bearers of the name was Hensel Lebel, who lived in Budweis in 1387.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leu research. Another 393 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1265, 1300, 1465, 1522, 1628, 1703, 1706, 1733, 1796, 1799, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Leu History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 76 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leu Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leu Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Leu Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Leu Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leu 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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