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Where did the German Meinert family come from? When did the Meinert family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meinert family history?

The origin of the name is the southern German form "Meinhardt," which is a compound of "strength" (Mein) and "bravery" (Hardt).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Meinecke, Meincke, Meinke, Meineken, Meineking, Meinhard, Meinhold, Meininger, Meinart, Meinert, Meinhardt, Mein, Meine, Meinen, Meins, Meiner, Main, Mains, Mainer and many more.

First found in Pomerania, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Chronicles first mention Meyne Meynen of Barth in Pomerania in 1415, and Heinrich Meyneking of Hanover in 1311. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meinert research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1350, 1704, 1727, 1775, 1797, and 1851 are included under the topic Early Meinert History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meinert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meinert Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jos Clemens Meinert, who arrived in America in 1845
  • C A Meinert, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Gerhard Meinert, aged 34, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • John Meinert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Herm Anton Meinert, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1849


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