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

The ancient and distinguished surname Littner is probably derived from a Slavic personal name such as "Litomir," "Litoslav," or "Litobor." These names are all derived from the Old Slavic "ljutu," meaning "wild" or "grim." Alternatively, the name may be derived from "Littau," the name of a town in Moravia. In this case, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of Littau who had settled in another region.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Littmann, Litmann, Littman, Litman, Littmeyer, Litmayer, Littmeier, Litte, Littig, Litten, Littner, Littau, Litt, Littrow, Litke and many more.

First found in Silesia, where they contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years, the Littner family branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Littner research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1491, 1781, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Littner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Littner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Littner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • J G Littner, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Conrad Littner, who came to Philadelphia in 1878

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  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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  8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Littner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Littner 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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