Lederman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Lederman 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 Lederman family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname.

Early Origins of the Lederman family

The surname Lederman 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 Lederman family

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

Lederman 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 Lederman include Lederer, Leder, Lederman, Ledermann, Lederle and others.

Early Notables of the Lederman family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Lederman 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 Lederman migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lederman or a variant listed above:

Lederman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Depelt Lederman moved to America in 1727
  • Hans Peter Lederman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Jacob Lederman, aged 17, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Jacob Lederman went to America in 1741
  • Michael Lederman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
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Lederman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Lederman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lederman (post 1700) +

  • Leon M Lederman (b. 1922), American professor of physics, a Guggenheim Fellow in 1958 and won the National Medal of Science in 1965
  • Harold Lederman (b. 1940), American boxing judge and analyst
  • David Ross Lederman (1894-1972), American film director noted for his western/action/adventure films of the 1930s and 1940s
  • George Lederman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944, 1960 [2]
  • Dan Lederman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 2008; Member of South Dakota State Senate 16th District; Elected 2010 [2]
  • William R. Lederman (1916-1992), Canadian constitutional scholar and the first dean of Queen's University Faculty of Law
  • Jean-Marc Lederman, Belgian music composer

  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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