The roots of the distinguished surname landgraf lie in the former duchy of Swabia. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it is derived from the Middle High German term "lantgrave," which means either "judge of a high court" or "administrator of a region." In this instance, the progenitor of the name would have been someone who held one of these occupations. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the German words "land," meaning "soil, field," and "gräber," meaning "digger"; in this case, the name would have been originally borne by a ditch-digger.
Early Origins of the landgraf family
The surname landgraf was first found in Swabia, where it first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Ulrich dictus Landgrave, who lived in the region in 1276. The young landgraf family played a significant role during this early period, allying itself with the ruling families of the time, and was instrumental in the development of medieval Swabian society.
Early History of the landgraf family
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landgraf Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Landgraf, Landgrave, Landtgraf, Landtgrave, Lantgrave, Landgrebe, Landgräb, Landgreber and many more.
Early Notables of the landgraf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the landgraf family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Georg Landgraf and his wife Elisabetha Catharina, who emigrated from the Palatinate to New York in 1710 with their daughter Anna Elisabetha; Henrich Landgraff, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738.
Contemporary Notables of the name landgraf (post 1700)
- Stanley I. Landgraf, American business executive and academic, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1987-1988)
- Brooks Frederick Landgraf (b. 1981), American attorney, rancher and politician, Texas State Representative for District 81 (Andrews, Ector, Ward and Winkler counties) (2015-)
- Lois Landgraf (b. 2013), American politician, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
- John Landgraf, American FX Network president and executive producer of the show 30 Days
- William Landgraf, American politician, Mayor of Island Park, New York
- Vernon H. Landgraf, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 10th District, 1968
- Mollie Landgraf, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Nebraska, 1972
- E. R. Landgraf, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bloemfontein, 1897
- Willi Landgraf (b. 1968), retired German footballer
- Franz Landgraf (1888-1944), Bavarian Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
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Historic Events for the landgraf family
- Karl Landgraf (1922-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
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