Schlief Surname History

The name is derived from the German word "schleifen," meaning "to grind" or "polish," and is almost certainly occupational 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.

Early Origins of the Schlief family

The surname Schlief was first found in Germany, 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.

Important Dates for the Schlief family

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Schlief Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schleiffer, Schleifer, Schleif, Schleifmann and many more.

Early Notables of the Schlief family (pre 1700)

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Schlief migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlief Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Diedrich Schlief, who was a German mercenary soldier, recorded in New York in 1782
Schlief Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Schlief, who landed in Arkansas in 1892 [1]
  • Joe Schlief, who arrived in Arkansas in 1892 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schlief (post 1700)

  • Murray L. Schlief, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Wyoming County, 1940 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
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