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Where did the German Linderman family come from? What is the German Linderman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Linderman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Linderman family history?

The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the name Linderman. Linderman was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Linderman was a name for someone who lived beside a grove of lime trees. The family name Linderman 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.


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 Linderman include Linde, Linden Linder, Lindner, Lindener and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linderman research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1562, 1563, 1650, 1705, 1760, 1836, 1842, 1852, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Linderman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Linderman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Linderman, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Linderman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Linderman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Georg Linderman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Nichs Linderman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Justus Linderman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Mr. Linderman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792

Linderman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Phillip Linderman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • Anthony Linderman, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • Lewis Linderman, who landed in Mississippi in 1852
  • Dan Linderman, who landed in Texas in 1856
  • Paul Daniel Linderman, who landed in Texas in 1856


  • Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938), American author and politician, Assistant Secretary of State for Montana (1905-1907)
  • Rodney Linderman, known by his stage name Rodney Anonymous, an American musician, journalist and humorist
  • Lawrence Linderman, American writer
  • Henry Richard Linderman (1825-1879), American financier, Superintendent of the mint, he penned the Coinage Act of 1873
  • William "Bill" E. Linderman (1920-1965), American rodeo cowboy, inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (1979)
  • Vladimir Linderman (b. 1958), Latvian and Russian publicist


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

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