The name Lipshitz comes from the German region of Westphalia
. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames
came to Germany
after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local
names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It originally indicated land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Lipshitz family originally lived in the province of Westphalia. The name is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is a short form of the personal name
Philipp; for example, Count Philipp von Hessen was popularly known as "Lips." Alternatively, the name is derived from "Lippe," the name of a place in Westphalia; in this instance, the progenitor of the name would likely have been a native of Lippe who had settled in another city.
Early Origins of the Lipshitz family
The surname Lipshitz was first found in Westphalia
, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. Lippe was one of the smallest states in Germany
until 1945, and is now part of Lower- Saxony
. Lippe is also a river running through Westphalia
and entering the Rhine just north of the Ruhr region. Chronicles speak of Arnold Lipper or von der Lippe in 1222. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Lipshitz family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lipshitz research.Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1129, 1232, 1550, 1806, 1800, 1547 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Lipshitz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lipshitz 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 Lipshitz include Lipp, Lippe, Lips, Lipps, Lipsius, Lippl, Lipple, Lippel, Lipgens, Lipgin, Lippman, Lipmann, Lipman, Lippmeier, Lipper and many more.
Early Notables of the Lipshitz family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Lipshitz were Wilhelm Anton von der Lippe (around 1800), of the House of Wintrup, who was the canon of the Cathedral in Muenster as well as the... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lipshitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lipshitz family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them: Georg Lipp and Hans Conrad Lipp, who came to Philadelphia in 1733; Johannes Lipp, who came to Philadelphia in 1766; Jacob Lipp to Philadelphia in 1805.
Contemporary Notables of the name Lipshitz (post 1700)
- Harold Lipshitz (b. 1931), original name of Hal Linden, American stage and television actor, best known for his role in Barney Miller
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