lachmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the lachmann family

The surname lachmann was first found in Franconia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention "Heinrich in der lachun" in 1280 in Wuerttemberg, "Lachenman" in 1409 in Reutlingen, Burkhart Lachner of Freiburg in 1434, and by 1452 the variation "Lachenmair" was taken on in Leutkirch. "An der Lache" meant literally "by the pond." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that developing region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.

Early History of the lachmann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lachmann research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1863, 1594, 1740, 1792, 1793, 1851, 1803 and 1890 are included under the topic Early lachmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lachmann Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of lachmann include Lach, Lache, Lacher, Lachner, Lachemann, Lachmann, Lachman, Lachenmann, Lachenmaier and many more.

Early Notables of the lachmann family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name lachmann in this period include Karl Konrad Lachmann (1793-1851), who was one of the true pioneers of the study of Germanic philology, doing ground-breaking work on mediaeval epics and troubadours. He also wrote poetry and published...
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Migration of the lachmann family

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name lachmann or a variant listed above: Mark Lachman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774. Martin Lachner and Vite Lachner came to Georgia in 1741; G.C. Lachenmayer came to Philadelphia in 1798.

Contemporary Notables of the name lachmann (post 1700) +

  • Robert Lachmann (1892-1939), German ethnomusicologist, linguist
  • Hedwig Lachmann (1865-1918), German author, translator and poet
  • Gustav Lachmann (1896-1966), German aeronautical engineer who worked for the British company of Handley Page until World War II when he was sent to Quebec, but was returned on the insistence of his employers to work out of prison
  • Karl Konrad Friedrich Wilhelm Lachmann (1793-1851), German philologist and critic, eponym of Lachmann's law
  • Torsten Lachmann (b. 1982), German-born, Australian sprint canoer at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Capitaine Georges Marcel Lachmann (1890-1961), French World War I flying ace credited with nine aerial victories
  • Karen Lachmann (1916-1962), Danish silver medalist fencer at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Peter Julius Lachmann (b. 1931), British immunologist born in Berlin. He became the foundation lecturer of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Ludwig Lachmann (1906-1990), Austrian economist on Facebook
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