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The roots of the distinguished and ancient German surname are unclear; there are many possible origins for this name, all corresponding to different regions. Firstly, the name may be derived from the Middle High German "licht," meaning "light, lamp"; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a maker of lanterns or candlesticks. Alternatively, the name may be related to the Middle High German "liht," meaning "light-hearted, careless, unsteady." In this case, the name would have originated as a nickname, bestowed on someone with a light-hearted disposition. Finally, the surname may be derived from "Lichte," the name of a town in Thuringia, which is itself derived from the Middle High German "lichta," meaning "clearing."
The surname Leicht was first found in various regions of Germany and the surrounding areas of Switzerland, Austria, France, and Belgium. The many possible origins of the name Leicht make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently in different areas. The written history of the name Leicht dates back to 1275, when Egelolfus and Berhta dicti zem Liehte of Solothurn, Switzerland were recorded in the "Mittlehochdeutsches Namenbuch." The many branches of the young Leicht family were instrumental during this early period, each contributing greatly to the development of the medieval society of its particular region.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Licht, Lichte, Likht, Liehte, Leicht and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leicht research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1295, 1617, 1705, 1748, 1762, and 1822 are included under the topic Early Leicht History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leicht Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leicht Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Leicht Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Leicht Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Leicht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leicht 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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