lauth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname lauth is a German occupational surname that evolved in the region known as the Rhineland. Germans at first used only one name, but population growth and increased travel in medieval times caused confusion between people of the same name, forcing the people to adopt hereditary surnames. These names often identified people by the kind of work they did. lauth is a name for a musician who played the lute. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. This phenomenon is demonstrated by names such as the German name Schumaker, which means a maker of shoes, the Ashkenazic Jewish name Zimmerman, which means carpenter, the Polish and Jewish name Stolarski, which means joiner, the Dutch name Schuyler, which means teacher and the Italian name Calderone, which means seller of spices.
Early Origins of the lauth family
The surname lauth was first found in the Rhineland, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the national conflicts, in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the lauth family
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lauth Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name lauth include Lauterer, Laut, Lauten, Lauth, Lautmann, Lautemann, Lautermann, Lauteman and many more.
Early Notables of the lauth family (pre 1700)
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lauth migration to the United States
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name lauth, or one of its variants above:
lauth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Michael Lauth, who settled in Philadelphia in 1764
- Michael Lauth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 
- Jacob Lauth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 
- Daniel Lauth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 
- Johann Adam Lauth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771 
lauth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bernard Lauth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 
- Francis J Lauth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1844 
- Frederick J Lauth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 
- Melchior Lauth, aged 25, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 
- Johann Lauth, aged 18, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 
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- ^ 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)