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During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Landis was first used in France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Landis family, adopted the name of their 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 Landis was an occupational name for a grower of lavender. Looking back further, we find the name Landis was originally from the Old English word lavendier, which indicated someone of that profession.
The surname Landis was first found in Bedfordshire, where Almaric de Landres held lands in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the 13th century. He originated in Burgundy, France with the spelling Landres which is also a commune today in Lorraine. The northern-eastern location of the name in France makes the Norman influence very probable.  At about the same time, Ysabelle la Lauendere was listed a census in 1253 and Ralf la Lavendered was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1268. Thomas Launder was listed in Yorkshire in 1331 and later Elyzabeth Lander was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1524. 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Landers, Lander, Landes, Landis, Landor and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Landis research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1550 is included under the topic Early Landis History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Landis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Landis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Landis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Landis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Landis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Landis 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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