The roots of the German surname Lingafelter lie in the former royal duchy of Swabia, now the modern region of Baden-Wurttemburg. The surname is derived from the name of the town of Lingenfeld, located south of the city of Heidelberg. The name was most likely originally borne by someone who came from this village.
Early Origins of the Lingafelter family
The surname Lingafelter was first found in Lingenfeld, a small town located south of Heidelberg near the French border. It was common practice in the early Middle Ages to take on a surname derived from the name of one's city of origin, particularly when one was moving from that city to settle somewhere else; thus, the earliest bearers of the surname were probably former residents of Lingenfeld who had moved to another town.
Early History of the Lingafelter family
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Lingafelter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Lingenfelter, Lingenfelder, von Linggenfeld, Lingen, Lingg, Ling and many more.
Early Notables of the Lingafelter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lingafelter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Lingenfeldter, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738; Jacob Lingenfelter, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1753; Pancratius Lingenfelder and his wife Catharina, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754 with their two sons, Abraham Lingenfelter, who was naturalized in Maryland in 1758.
Contemporary Notables of the name Lingafelter (post 1700)
- Rebecca Lingafelter, American actress, known for Forced Entry (2011), The Lilac Chaser (2013) and Leverage (2008)
- Steven W "Steve" Lingafelter, American research entomologist and author of numerous publications at the United States of Agriculture who specializes in beetles