England, Germany, Switzerland, Jewish
Origins of Name:
The surname Lehman is derived from the Anglo-Saxon baptismal name for son of Leman, which originates from the Anglo-Saxon name Liefman.. In Germany, surnames were often derived from occupations, as well as through patronymic means. Lehman was said to have meant “vassal,” or someone who works the land, such as a “fief” or peasant who had no ownership of land. A fief was bound to one landowner and the land until his services were completed. Lehman is the 11,765 most common surname in the world, and approximately 45,433 people in the world bear this surname.
More common variations are:
Lehman, Leahman, Luehman, Loehmn, Lehmani, Leehman, Liehman, Leihman, Lehmane, Llehman, Leyhman, Leuhman, Leohman, Lemanh, Lehmanh, Lehmaun, Lehmman, Laehman, Leman, Lemon, Limon, Leaman
The first record of the Lehman name was found in Suffolk at Wenhaston. This parish was found in the hundred of Blything, and the Leman family was said to have a seat in this organization. According to record, the Leman family was a prominent clan within this parish, as the church has various monuments dedicated to this family. Many Anglo-Saxon names were spelled according to the location and level of literacy of the person recording the name. When the English Poll Tax was enacted, surnames became required so that the English government could impose personal taxation. When these surnames were recorded, the spelling often relied on the phonetic spelling of the surname, and was recorded as such. For this reason, many forms of Lehman were recorded throughout English history, but it is plausible that many of them originated from the same family, and same area. Many of those with the surname Lehman were fiefs, or indentured servants, and their name was based off of their occupation, which was to toil and till the land until their service was up. “Lehman” directly translates to the word “vassal.” Since many of the Lehmans were fiefs and vassals, it is possible that the spellings of their names became different due to their ownership, and literacy, as well as the recorder.
It is said that the surname Lehman originated from a Mennonite family who lived in the Emmental. Emmental was a word used to describe those who lived in the Emme River Valley in Canton of Bern, Switzerland. The Mennonite people believe that those who carry the name Lehman originally lived on “a gentle slope.” Emigration from the Canton of Bern began In the late seventeenth century, from 1660-1675. At this time, immigrants were being forced to migrate out of the Canton of Bern. These immigrants ended up in Lancaster County, in the state of Pennsylvania, and the name Lehman was among them.
In the late seventeenth century, Philip Theodore Lehman arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following the immigrants from German-Speaking-Switzerland. Soon after, in 1713 Clemens Lehman arrived in New York with Anna Gertraud Wolf Lehman, his wife. Eight years later, in 1721, Hans Lehman settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife Anna Hege Lehman, and their three small children, while in 1727, Hans Jerig Lehman also settled in Pennsylvania. Four years later, three-year-old Kathrina Lehman, and one-year-old Johanis Lehman landed in Pennsylvania. In the nineteenth century, Nicholas Lehman, Daniel Lehman, and Christ Lehman arrive in Pennsylvania in the year 1806. Eighteen years after, Catherine Lehman settled in New York City, New York in 1824, and eight years after that, twenty-one-year-old Charles Lehman also arrived in New York City, NY in 1832.
The most prominent and famous family in the United States has been a Jewish family. Henry Lehman arrived in the US from northern Bavaria in 1844, his brother Emanuel came in 1847, and the last brother Mayer Lehman came in 1850. They opened a dry goods store in Alabama and eventually moved into cotton trading.
The younger brother Mayer Lehman was one of the original organizers of the New York Cotton Exchange, and with his direction the family moved into financial services.
The Lehman family was split in Australia to be approximately one quarter of the surnames spelled Lehman, and three quarters of the surname spelled Lehmann.
United States 36,699
South Africa 950
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