Last name origins & meanings:
- German: status name for a feudal tenant or vassal, Middle High
German lēheman, lēnman (from lēhen ‘to
hold land as a feudal tenant’ + man ‘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.
(western Ashkenazic): from an identical Jewish personal name of
uncertain origin, perhaps related to Leo 3.
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