The name is derived from the German word "schleifen," meaning "to grind" or "polish," and is almost certainly
in origin, meaning that the name came from the profession of its first bearer. Most likely, the name's first bearer was one who polished swords and armor for a living, though it is also possible that he ground diamonds.
, where the name Schlief came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.
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