The origin of the proud surname Lebe can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire
. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The distinguished surname Lebe is derived from the Middle High German "lewe," meaning "lion."
Early Origins of the Lebe family
The surname Lebe was first found in Bohemia, where the Lebe family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation. One of the earliest recorded Bohemian bearers of the name was Hensel Lebel, who lived in Budweis in 1387.
Early History of the Lebe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lebe research.Another 623 words (44 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1522, 1265, 1300, 1706, 1733, 1799, 1465, 1460, 1507, 1628, 1703, 1796 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Lebe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lebe Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Loewe, Loewen, Lowen, Lowe, Low, Lower, Löwe, Löw, Leu, Leue, Lau, Laue, Löbe, Lobe, Leb, Lebe and many more.
Early Notables of the Lebe family (pre 1700)
During this early period, notable bearers of the name Lebe included Leon Loewe von Rozmital (around 1465), whose famous descriptions of the Holy Land through which he traveled were translated into many languages, his daughter became the Queen of Bohemia; Hans Leu, The Elder... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lebe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lebe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Josef Loew, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1751 with his wife, children, and father, as did Michael Loew with his wife and children, Georg Adam Loew, who came to Maryland in 1763.