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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."

Licht Early Origins



The surname Licht 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 Licht make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently in different areas. The written history of the name Licht 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 Licht family were instrumental during this early period, each contributing greatly to the development of the medieval society of its particular region.

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Licht Spelling Variations


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Licht Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Licht, Lichte, Likht, Liehte, Leicht and others.

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Licht Early History


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Licht Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Licht 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 Licht History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Licht Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Licht Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Licht 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:

Licht Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Peter Licht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Johan Jacob Licht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Johan Nickel Licht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Jacob Licht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Licht Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philipp Licht, who landed in North America in 1853
  • A Maria Licht, who landed in North America in 1857
  • Anna Maria Licht, who arrived in Brazil in 1857
  • Jacob Heinrich Licht, who arrived in Ohio in 1869
  • Jakob H Licht, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Licht (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Licht (post 1700)



  • David Licht (b. 1904), American actor and stage director
  • Alan Licht (b. 1968), American guitarist and composer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Licht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Licht 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 22 July 2016 at 11:09.

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