Leder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Leder was an occupational name for a tanner, derived from the German word "lederaere," meaning "leather worker." While patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Leder family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname.

Early Origins of the Leder family

The surname Leder was first found in Austria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. Chronicles first mention Heynke Lederer of Liegnitz in 1372, and Sigfrid der Ledergaerwe of Schorndorf in 1302. The family branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Leder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leder research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1723, 1778, 1795, 1842, and 1860 are included under the topic Early Leder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leder Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Leder include Lederer, Leder, Lederman, Ledermann, Lederle and others.

Early Notables of the Leder family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Leder were August Gottlob von Lederer (1723-1795), who was an Austrian state official. He was born in Saxony, where his father was a highly placed administrator, and later served in Brussels as an official at the court. He became secretary of the...
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United States Leder migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leder were

Leder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frederik Leder, who settled in America in 1728
  • Frederick Leder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]
  • Johan Leder Moved to America in 1753
Leder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Leder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Jacob Leder, aged 38, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Christian Leder, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
Leder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Xavier H Leder, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1906 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leder (post 1700) +

  • Julius M. Leder, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1918 [2]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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