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Lechner Coat of Arms / Lechner Family Crest

Lechner Coat of Arms / Lechner Family Crest

This surname of LECHNER was of two-fold origin. It was a German status name for a feudal tenant or vassal. The name was originally derived from the Old German elements of LEHEN (loaned land) and MAN. The tenant held land on loan for the duration of his life in return for rent or service, but was not free to transfer or divide it. It was also a Jewish name of uncertain origin. It was normally an occupational name for a banker, pawnbroker or usurer, and was sometimes adopted as an equivalent of the name LEVI. The name has many variant spellings which include LECNER, LOHNER, LEHMAN, LEEMAN, DE LEENMAN and DE LEENER. In England it was of the locational group of surnames 'of Lashmars Hall' in County Sussex. William Lechemore, who was documented in Sussex in the year 1296, appears to be the first of the name on record. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. Other records of the name mention John Lachemere who was recorded in Surrey in 1327, and William Lechmere of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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