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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. [1] 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. [2]

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

  • Jacob Landis, who landed in America in 1708
  • Hans Landis, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Hch Landis, who landed in America in 1731
  • Johan Landis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Peter Landis, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Landis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Landis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846


  • Geoffrey A. Landis (b. 1955), American scientist and science fiction writer
  • John David Landis (b. 1950), American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer
  • J Cullen Landis (1895-1975), American motion picture actor
  • Carole Landis (1919-1948), American film actress
  • James Nobel Landis (1899-1989), American electrical-power engineer
  • James M. Landis (1899-1964), American lawyer, academic, and government official
  • Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866-1944), American jurist/baseball commissioner


  • Our Brechbill/Brightbill, Kreider and Landis Ancestors by Patricia Shannon Brightbill.

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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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