[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Leichnitz

Jürgen Bomert juergen at bomert.de
Wed Nov 8 12:34:07 PST 2006

First, the suffix "itz" indicates clearly a slavic name !
Lechnitz (as used first) could f.e. be the name of a person, who came/was
born from/in Lechnitz = Lesnica, a town/village on the border between Poland
and Czechoslovakia.
Lech is a typical polish first name, coming from the name of a legendary
polish duke (who perhaps founded Lechnitz). May be Lechnitz is used as a
name for a "royalist" ?!?

Think not so serious about this, it’s a smooth parquet - too many


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: ger-poland-volhynia-bounces at eclipse.sggee.org
[mailto:ger-poland-volhynia-bounces at eclipse.sggee.org] Im Auftrag von Otto
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 8. November 2006 15:38
An: S G G E E
Cc: Earl.Schultz Schultz
Betreff: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Leichnitz

I am a bit wary about your introduction, "Ok you name experts..." I  
am not much of an expert though, I think we are simply addicted to  
details, even details have details... I've never been able to  
describe more than the details.  I consider all advice refurbished  
error, answers a point of view, and in conclusion everything is but  
an approximation.

But you did ask for opinions. I have many.
I am certain other opinions will follow after this, the more the  
We would then like to hear your opinions Earl, harbored on the  
surname "Leichnitz".

First, on the 'very rare name' you mention, a quick 'google' produced  
21,100 'leichnitz' on the Web alone, 4 'Leichniz', and 1 'Julia  
Leichnic' in Lodz, Poland.
The 2000 Poland census named a male and female "Leichnitz" in the  
Torun vicinity.

Leichnitz is a Germanic name.

-Leich  - body; shape
Gothic, Old Norse, Norwegian, Swedish, Old Frisian, Old Saxon,  - "lik"
Old Danish, Danish, - "lig"
Old English - "lic"
Middle Dutch - "lijc"
Dutch  - "lijk"
Middle Low German - "lik" "like"  -gleichheit, gleichnis.
Old High German - "lih"  (leiche, gleich)
Middle High German - "lich"  - koerper
German - "Leiche" G"leich"

I'd venture on "like" or  "likeness"
"nitz"  as in Schnitz could indicate 'cut' or 'cut of'.
Nitz could well be as the following bit gleaned from a website:
A shortened form of Nicholaus.
Nicolai, Nikel, Nicze, Nitz, Nitzse, Nitzman.
Leich'nitz: the body; shape  of Nicolaus, resembling Nicolaus?
An alter ego of Nicolaus? "Like Nicolaus"?

On Nov 6, 2006, at 10:44 PM, Earl.Schultz wrote:

> Ok you name experts...I'd like your opinion on the name Leichnitz.   
> It is my
> maternal line and a very rare name.  The earliest occurrance we've  
> found has
> been in Thorn, Poland in the 1860-1870s and Neidenburg, Olsztyn is  
> the early
> to mid 1600s (Lechnitz).
> I have little other information on the name but I will share more  
> once I
> hear what others have to say.
> Incidentally, I record every occurrance of the name that I've come  
> across.
> Earl
. . .   Otto

             " The Zen moment..." wk. of November 05, 2006-
     "The more mysterious it becomes... the more you understand."

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