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The name is derived from the German word "schleifen," meaning "to grind" or "polish," and is almost certainly occupational in origin, meaning that the name came from the profession of its first bearer. Most likely, the name's first bearer was one who polished swords and armor for a living, though it is also possible that he ground diamonds.

Schlief Early Origins



The surname Schlief was first found in Germany, where the name Schlief came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

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Schlief Spelling Variations


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Schlief Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Schleiffer, Schleifer, Schleif, Schleifmann and many more.

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Schlief Early History


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Schlief Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schlief research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schlief History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schlief Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schlief Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Schlief Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlief Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Diedrich Schlief, who was a German mercenary soldier, recorded in New York in 1782

Schlief Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Schlief, who landed in Arkansas in 1892
  • Joe Schlief, who arrived in Arkansas in 1892

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schlief (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schlief (post 1700)



  • Murray L. Schlief, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Wyoming County, 1940

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Schlief Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2015 at 09:45.

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