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The origin of the proud surname Leu can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. The distinguished surname Leu is derived from the Middle High German "lewe," meaning "lion."

Leu Early Origins



The surname Leu was first found in Bohemia, where the Leu family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. One of the earliest recorded Bohemian bearers of the name was Hensel Lebel, who lived in Budweis in 1387.

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Leu Spelling Variations


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Leu Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Loewe, Loewen, Lowen, Lowe, Low, Lower, Löwe, Löw, Leu, Leue, Lau, Laue, Löbe, Lobe, Leb, Lebe and many more.

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Leu Early History


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Leu Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leu research. Another 623 words (44 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1522, 1265, 1300, 1706, 1733, 1799, 1465, 1460, 1507, 1628, 1703, 1796 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Leu History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leu Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leu Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this early period, notable bearers of the name Leu included Leon Loewe von Rozmital (around 1465), whose famous descriptions of the Holy Land through which he traveled were translated into many languages, his daughter became the Queen of Bohemia; Hans Leu, The Elder...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leu Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leu Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Leu, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Hans Jakob Leu, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Hans Jerg Leu, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Hs Leu, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • He Jacob Leu, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leu Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Valentine Leu, aged 29, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Georg Leu, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Johann Leu, who landed in Kentucky in 1883
  • Otto Leu, who arrived in Kentucky in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leu (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leu (post 1700)



  • Alexandru Leu (b. 1991), Moldovan footballer
  • Heinz Leu, Swiss gold medalist bobsledder at the 1957 World Championships
  • Evelyne Leu (b. 1976), Swiss gold medalist freestyle skier at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Fritz Leu (b. 1906), Swiss artist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    11. ...

    The Leu Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leu 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 December 2015 at 20:01.

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