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Type Surname (from given name)
Other Forms FormsLittmann, Littmanovitch, Litte, Litman

Meaning & History

Derived from Germanized Czech personal names like Litomir (Czech: Ljutomir) and Litobor (Czech: Ljutobor) which ultimately go back to Old Slavic ljutu "grim; fierce; ferocious; wild". One theory suggests, however, that these given names might have been influenced by ljub- "love; dear".
In East and West Prussia, these surnames were borne by Christians and Jews alike.
Added 2/18/2013 by Eva
Edited 12/4/2014 by Frollein Gladys and Mike C