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laufer is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the township of Great Lever in Lancashire as well as in Little Lever the chapelry in the parish of Bolton in Lancashire. The laufer family were industrialists and millers, perhaps giving rise to the modern city of Liverpool, from their own Leaver's Port.

laufer Early Origins



The surname laufer was first found in Lancashire at Little Lever, now a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester. Great Lever, a township nearby "was long held by the family of Lever, but in the 6th year of Edward IV., Sir Rauff Assheton, Knt., sued out a 'write of right of warde' against Roger Lever, for the recovery of the manor, and obtained judgment against him at the assizes of Lancaster. Lever, however, with a number of dependants of his name, and a large concourse of persons, many of whom had been outlawed, riotously broke into Lancaster Castle, and carried off the record of recovery. Sir Rauff complaining of this outrage to the two houses of parliament, they ordained that the copy of the record which was annexed to his petition should be of the same force and efficacy as the original; and the justices thereupon ordered execution to issue, and reinstated him in the possession, which, notwithstanding, was not undisturbed until some time after. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The village's name was derived from the Old English word "laefre," which means "place where the rushes grow." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The first listing of the place name was found in 1212 when it was listed as Parua Lefre. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Nearby is Darcy Lever which was the ancestral home of the D'Arcy family since 1590.


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laufer Spelling Variations


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laufer Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the laufer family name include Lever, Leaver, Leyver and others.

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laufer Early History


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laufer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laufer research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1521, 1577, 1551 and 1553 are included under the topic Early laufer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laufer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laufer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laufer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the laufer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

laufer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Laufer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

laufer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Laufer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Jacob Laufer, aged 20, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • John Laufer, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856
  • Joh Adam Laufer, who landed in America in 1859
  • Jakob Laufer, who arrived in Kentucky in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name laufer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laufer (post 1700)



  • Walter Laufer (1906-1984), American gold and silver medalist swimmer at the 1928 Summer Olympics, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1973
  • Tiffany Ann Laufer, American film director, screenwriter, children's author and illustrator, known for her work on Jenny's Wedding (2015), If You Listen... (2011) and The Bronze (2015)
  • Peter Laufer, American journalist, broadcaster and documentary filmmaker, James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
  • Henry B. Laufer, American mathematician, former Vice President of Research at Renaissance Technologies, co-founder of the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University
  • Berthold Laufer (1874-1934), German-born, American anthropologist and historical geographer
  • William F. Laufer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • Marsha Z. Laufer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004, 2008
  • Franz-Josef Laufer (b. 1952), retired German football midfielder

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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