Linder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Linder. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Linder was given to someone who lived beside a grove of lime trees. The family name Linder 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 Linder family

The surname Linder 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 Linder family

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

Linder Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Linder include Linde, Linden Linder, Lindner, Lindener and others.

Early Notables of the Linder family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Linder 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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United States Linder migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Linder, or one of its variants above:

Linder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simeon Linder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Simon, Linder Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Michael Linder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • John Linder, who landed in South Carolina in 1738 [1]
  • Johannes Linder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Linder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Linder, aged 21, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Heinrich Linder, aged 33, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Joh Linder, who landed in America in 1853 [1]
  • Anton Linder, who landed in America in 1853 [1]
  • Joseph Linder, who arrived in America in 1853 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Linder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frans Oskar Linder, who arrived in Alabama in 1921 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Linder (post 1700) +

  • Clarence Hugo Linder (1903-1994), noted American electrical engineer
  • Joseph Charles Linder (1886-1948), American retired ice hockey player
  • Michael Linder, American radio and television journalist and producer
  • Richard "Dick" Linder (1923-1959), American professional race car driver
  • Virginia Lynn Linder (b. 1953), American judge from Oregon
  • Kate Linder, American actress
  • Benjamin Ernest "Ben" Linder (1959-1987), American engineer
  • Stewart Bridgewater "Stu" Linder (1931-2006), American film editor
  • John Elmer Linder (b. 1942), the former U.S. Representative for GA
  • Harold Linder (b. 1900), American Ambassador to Canada (1968-69) and chairman for the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton (1969-71)
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Linder +

  • 1718 The Linder Family by Penny Linder.

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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