The Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein family
The surname Liechtenstein 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
Early History of the Liechtenstein family
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Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein include Lichtenstein, Liechtenstein, Lichtensteen, Lichtenstine, Licktenstine, Lichenstine, Lichenstein, Lichenstien, Lichtstein, Lichtstien and many more.
Early Notables of the Liechtenstein family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Liechtenstein family to the New World and Oceana
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 Liechtenstein surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Jacob Lichtenstein, who came to Philadelphia in 1846 and Joseph Lichtenstein, who came to Philadelphia in 1872.