The Lehmann Family
The Layman family in America is more than two hundred years old. Most of its members have been farmers fond of owning and working their land and ever ready to defend it.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
The name Layman is chiefly of Swiss/German origin. The northern German definition is derived from the well-known Lehmann that was originally written Lehnsmann or Lehensmannn, which applied to one who held his lands in brief or fee; that is, in feudal tenure as a vassal. The Swiss version or southern German definition, of which this particular family originated, is explained as one who lives on the side of a mountain.
The name is also occasionally found in England where it is said to be derived from the old English Laymann, meaning lawman, lawyer. It is quite possible that the English name was a corruption of the personal name of Leman or Leamon, which in turn was derived from the ancient German or Nordic liefman, meaning beloved or dear.
In both European and American records, the name appears in the various spellings: Lehmann, Lehman, Leaman, Leman, Lemann, Leeman, Leighman, Leemon, Leamon, Lemon, Laymon, Layman, Leiman, Leyman, etal.
THEY WERE SWISS
(Our branch of the family)