Show ContentsLichtenstein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Lichtenstein surname is thought to be habitational in origin, deriving from the place name Lichtenstein. The place name stems from the German words "licht," meaning "light" and "stein" meaning "stone."

Early Origins of the Lichtenstein family

The surname Lichtenstein was first found in Franconia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. 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 Lichtenstein family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lichtenstein research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1402, 1466, 1777, 1889 and 1914 are included under the topic Early Lichtenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lichtenstein Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Lichtenstein include Lichtenstein, Liechtenstein, Lichtensteen, Lichtenstine, Licktenstine, Lichenstine, Lichenstein, Lichenstien, Lichtstein, Lichtstien and many more.

Early Notables of the Lichtenstein family

Prominent among members of the name Lichtenstein in this period include

  • Alfred Lichtenstein (1889-1914), an early Expressionist writer, who was killed in action during World War...

Lichtenstein Ranking

In the United States, the name Lichtenstein is the 12,384th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Lichtenstein migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Lichtenstein surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Lichtenstein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Lichtenstein, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [2]
Lichtenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph V Lichtenstein, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1842 [2]
  • Harris Salomon Lichtenstein, aged 49, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [2]
  • Marcus Harris Lichtenstein, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [2]
  • Jacob Lichtenstein, who settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • Cath Lichtenstein, who arrived in America in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lichtenstein (post 1700) +

  • Harvey Lichtenstein (1929-2017), American arts administrator of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM (1967-1999)
  • Bill Lichtenstein, American award-winning former investigative producer for 20/20, World News Tonight and Nightline
  • Mitchell Lichtenstein (b. 1956), American actor
  • Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), American famous painter and sculptor. He is known for his "pop" art, with many of his themes derived from comic strips
  • Martin Heinrich Carl Lichtenstein (1780-1857), German physician, explorer and zoologist
  • Jacqueline Lichtenstein (1947-2019), French philosopher, art historian, and professor of aesthetics and the philosophy of art
  • Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (1896-1974), American businessman, philanthropist, public official, and naval officer, a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (1896-1974), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Virginia, 1928 [3]


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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