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Coat of arms of Lampertsloch
Coat of arms
Lampertsloch is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Lampertsloch is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°57′32″N 7°49′02″E / 48.9589°N 7.8172°E / 48.9589; 7.8172Coordinates: 48°57′32″N 7°49′02″E / 48.9589°N 7.8172°E / 48.9589; 7.8172
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Haguenau-Wissembourg
Canton Reichshoffen
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alfred Thalmann
Area1 10.43 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 709
 • Density 68/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 67257 /67250
Elevation 157–511 m (515–1,677 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lampertsloch is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. It is located less than nine kilometres from the French–German border.

The commune is part of the Parc naturel régional des Vosges du Nord.

Lampersloch was historically a German-speaking town. In the middle ages it was part of the lordship of Lichtenberg, a small German territory within the Holy Roman Empire. By marriage it later became part of the County of Zweibrücken-Bitsch, another German territory. In 1570 it became part of the County of Hanau-Lichtenberg, which was also a German territory. Immediately afterwards, the ruler, Philipp V of Hanau-Lichtenberg, made the territory officially Lutheran. During the reign of Louis XIV of France the territory came under French dominance, although it continued to be ruled by the counts of Hanau. After the death of the last Hanau count, Johann Reinhard III, the county was inherited by the son of his only daughter Charlotte, the hereditary prince and later Landgrave of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt, Ludwig IX. Following the French Revolution the area was annexed by France. In 1871 it became part of Germany, and after the First World War it again became part of France. While the area was occupied by Germany from 1940, it was not formally annexed.

The Markle family (formerly spelled Markel and Merckel), the paternal family of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (née Meghan Markle), possibly originates in Lampertsloch. One of her ancestors may have been Heinrich Martin Merckel who emigrated from the town to the United States in the 18th century, and the family name was eventually spelled Markle.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Tracing Meghan Markle's 'German roots'". Deutsche Welle. May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
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