The Leiter surname is derived form the Middle High German word "lîte," meaning "a mountain side slope." No doubt the first people to be called by this name lived in such a location.
. The first recorded instance of this surname occurs in the 'Geschichte des Hauses Habsburg" (History of the House of Habsburg) where a Stephan Leyttner is listed in 1376.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joh Wolfgang Leiter, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1753; Adam Leitner, a Bavarian mercenary in the American Revolution, who remained in America in 1779.