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The Anglo-Saxon name Lehman comes from the baptismal name for the son of Leman, which was taken from the personal name Liefman.

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The surname Lehman was first found in Suffolk at Wenhaston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Blything. "The family of Leman had a [family] seat here. The church is an ancient structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains several monuments to the Leman family." [1]

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Lehman were recorded, including Leaman, Leamen, Leman, Lemon, Lemmon, Leemon, Limon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lehman research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1616, 1616, 1667, 1645, 1660, 1637, 1701, 1690, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Lehman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lehman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lehman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Lehman family emigrate to North America:

Lehman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Philip Theodore Lehman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682

Lehman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Clemens Lehman who went to New York with his wife Anna Gertraud Wolf Lehman, in 1713
  • Hans Lehman who settled in Philadelphia, in 1721 with his wife Anna Hege Lehman and their three children
  • Hans Jerig Lehman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Johanis Lehman, aged 1, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Kathrina Lehman, aged 3, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731


Lehman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicholas Lehman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Daniel Lehman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Christ Lehman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Catherine Lehman went to New York, NY in 1824
  • Charles Lehman, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1832


Lehman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Lehman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

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  • Major-General Raymond Godfrey Lehman (1895-1964), American Commanding General 93rd Division, Pacific (1943-1945)
  • Trenton Lawson "Trent" Lehman (1961-1982), American child actor
  • Jeffery Sean Lehman (b. 1956), American scholar, lawyer and academic administrator
  • Lillian Lehman (b. 1947), American actress
  • Kenneth Karl Lehman (1928-2010), relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Henry Lehman (1822-1855), German- American businessman and the founder of Lehman Brothers financial services
  • Philip Lehman (1861-1947), Jewish-American investment banker, co-founder of investment bank, Lehman Brothers
  • Richard Henry "Rick" Lehman (b. 1948), former member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Teddy Lehman (b. 1981), American football linebacker
  • Robert Lehman (1891-1969), American banker, head of Lehman Brothers for decades

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  • A Tree in a Forest: Linnaeus Sheetz Lehman by Thomas R. Lehman.
  • Descendants of John Daniel Lehman by Naomi Irene Shaum.
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Lehman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lehman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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