The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Luper family. Nickname
surnames, such as Luper, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The family name Luper is a name for a person who is considered holy or intelligent. It stems from a Old German word "Liutberht," meaning "most brilliant or holy, of the people." The endings "-bert," "-bricht," "-pert," "-ke" and "-brecht" are interchangeable in medieval names, depending on the region.
Early Origins of the Luper family
The surname Luper was first found in Bavaria
, where the ancestors of the bearers of this family name lived from ancient times. The name derives from the older Leiprecht and Leuprecht, which themselves derived from the Old-German word "Liutberht," meaning "shining" or "holy" people. St. Luitpert was a patron saint of farmers in Swabia. The German name endings "-bert," "-bricht," "-pert," "-ke" and "-brecht" were interchangeable in mediaeval names, depending on the region. The first recorded mention found was of Hans Lueprecht of Leutkirch in 1345.
Early History of the Luper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luper research.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1706 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Luper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Luper Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Luper include Lippert, Lipert, Lipard, Lippard, Lipperts, Liperts, Leuprecht, Leiprecht, Leibert, Leubert, Lueprecht, Lueprecht, Luprecht, Leubrecht, Leibrecht, Luebrecht, Lubrecht, Lubricht, Lubert and many more.
Early Notables of the Luper family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Luper family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Luper or a variant listed above:
Luper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Luper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Luper (post 1700)
- Curtis Scott Luper (b. 1966), American college football assistant coach
- Clara Shepard Luper (1923-2011), American civic leader, retired schoolteacher, and a pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement