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

The Lytch surname is thought to have derived from the Slavic word "litsch," which meant "wild;" as such, it may have originally been a nickname for a wild or unruly person. The surname many also have evolved from any of several places, such as Lisch in Holstein; or Lischau in East Prussia.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lischer, Lisch, Lischke, Lischka, Lischeid, Lissek, Lissak, Litsch, Litscher, Litschke, Litschka, Litschko, Lischy, Liske, Lisko, Liskov, Liskow and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was enrolled by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential name.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lytch research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1701, 1736, 1740, 1749, 1760, and 1780 are included under the topic Early Lytch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lytch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lytch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Peter Lytch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1778
  • John Peter Lytch, who landed in New York, NY in 1778

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The Lytch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lytch 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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