Lingerfelt
Its German and originally Lingenfeld. Theres more people with this name in the American south than other places, i think. Can anyone give me any information about the origin?
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As I was told, my great Grandfather came to the United States from Holland right after the American Civil War. He bought a small parcel of land in the area of Chattanooga, TN and share-cropped the land with freed slaves. His son (my Grandfather) was Benjamin Floyd Lingerfelt and was married to Emma Lillian Smith. They had 4 sons (Benjamin Floyd Jr, Levi, Joseph, and my Father, Marion David).
I had been told that our last name meant "Dweller of the Land" and in basic terms, our history was that we were farmers and skilled tradesmen.
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The original name seems to be Lingenfelder as you can see at http://tr.im/i7Hu. This designates a person from Lingenfeld which you can situate at http://tr.im/i7GY.
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Thanks!
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