Lenders History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Lenders comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Lenders was a name for some one lived beside a grove of lime trees. The family name Lenders is derived from the German word linde, which means lime tree. The original bearer was named for his proximity to a hill crowned by lime trees.
Early Origins of the Lenders family
The surname Lenders was first found in the Lower Rhine, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Henczel unter der lynden of Freiberg (Saxony) in 1383, Hannus von der Linde in 1440, Jacob Lindner of Tirol in 1348, Johann van Lynder of the lower Rhine in 1528, and Hermann Lindeman of Hanover in 1335. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.
Early History of the Lenders family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lenders research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1562, 1563, 1650, 1705, 1760, 1836, 1842, 1852, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Lenders History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lenders Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Lenders include Linde, Linden Linder, Lindner, Lindener and others.
Early Notables of the Lenders family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Lenders during this period were Michael Lindener (1520-1562), who was a strolling scholar and schoolmaster in Nuremberg, Ulm, and Augsburg, where he was finally executed for murder. Otto zur Linde (1873-1938) was a...
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Lenders migration to the United States +
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Lenders were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Lenders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bernh Lenders, who landed in America in 1846 
- Georg Lenders, who arrived in Iowa in 1875 
Contemporary Notables of the name Lenders (post 1700) +
- Andrea Augusta Gemma "Rea" Lenders (b. 1980), Dutch trampoline gymnast at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics
- John Lenders (b. 1958), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Council (2002-2014), Treasurer of Victoria (2007-2010), Minister for Education (2006-2007)
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)