Litke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Litke is probably derived from a Slavic personal name such as "Litomir," "Litoslav," or "Litobor." These names are all derived from the Old Slavic "ljutu," meaning "wild" or "grim." Alternatively, the name may be derived from "Littau," the name of a town in Moravia. In this case, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of Littau who had settled in another region.

Early Origins of the Litke family

The surname Litke was first found in Silesia, where they contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years, the Litke family branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Litke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Litke research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1491, 1781, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Litke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Litke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Littmann, Litmann, Littman, Litman, Littmeyer, Litmayer, Littmeier, Litte, Littig, Litten, Littner, Littau, Litt, Littrow, Litke and many more.

Early Notables of the Litke family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Litke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Litke family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: F. S. Littman, who arrived in Baltimore in 1833; Louis Littmann, who sailed from Hamburg to New York in 1850; Conrad Littner, who came to Philadelphia in 1878.


Contemporary Notables of the name Litke (post 1700) +

  • Raymond A. Litke (1920-1986), American electronic engineer, inventor of a practical wireless microphone
  • Karl Litke (b. 1893), German prominent politician
  • Yuri Eduardovich Litke (b. 1996), Russian footballer
  • Count Fyodor Petrovich Litke (1797-1882), Russian navigator, geographer, and Arctic explorer


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