Leibel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Leibel emerged in the lands that form the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval dukedom. In the Middle Ages, many of the Saxon lands were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Leibel family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Leibel was an occupational name for a baker. The root of this distinguished surname is the word laib, which in the Middle Ages referred to a baker.

Early Origins of the Leibel family

The surname Leibel was first found in Brunswick, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Chronicles first mention Hans Laybel in Nickolsberg in 1414, and Peter Loeublin of Reutlingen in 1390.

Early History of the Leibel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leibel research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1711, 1716, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Leibel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leibel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Leib, Leibe, Leibner, Leiber, Leibnitz, Leipnitz, Leibler, Leible, Leibl, Leiblin, Leibesman, Leiblein, Laib, Laible and many more.

Early Notables of the Leibel family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716), a philosopher, mathematician, and polymath, who entered the service of the Electoral Archbishop of Mainz. He was one of the most important thinkers...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leibel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Leibel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leibel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anton Leibel, aged 36, who landed in South Dakota in 1889 [1]
  • Barbara Leibel, aged 8, who arrived in South Dakota in 1889 [1]
  • Heinrich Leibel, who arrived in South Dakota in 1889 [1]
  • Magdalena Leibel, aged 7, who landed in South Dakota in 1889 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leibel (post 1700) +

  • Terry Leibel, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for South Dakota State House of Representatives 24th District, 2010


  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)


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