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Where did the German Bieber family come from? What is the German Bieber family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bieber family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bieber family history?

The ancestral home of the Bieber family is in the German province of Bavaria. Bieber is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a person who was known as hard-working or industrious. The distinguished name Bieber is derived from the Old German word beber, which meant beaver. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals were popular. These associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends that portrayed animals behaving as humans. Bieber is also a local type of surname and there are numerous places named Bieber and Bieberach in several localities in Germany.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bieber include Bieber, Biber, Bieben, Biebel, Biebele, Bieble, Biebber, Biebben, Biebbel, Biebele, Biebble, Beiber, Beiben, Beibel, Beibele, Beible, Beibber, Beibben, Beibbel, Beibbele, Beibble, Byber, Byben, Bybel, Bybele, Byble, Bybber, Bybben, Bybbel, Bybbele, Bybble, Beyber, Beyben, Beybel, Beybele, Beyble, Beybber, Beybben, Beybbel, Beybbele, Beybble and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Bieber was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. 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 Bieber research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1681, 1704, 1714, and 1824 are included under the topic Early Bieber History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bieber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Biebers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Bieber Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Bieber, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Georg Bieber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Andreas Bieber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Anton Bieber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Hans Michel Bieber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749


Bieber Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Heiner Bieber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Johannes Bieber, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Johann Wilhelm Bieber, who landed in Ohio in 1836
  • Jacob Bieber, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1840
  • George Frederick and Jacob Bieber both of whom arrived in Allegheny County in 1840


Bieber Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Johann Bieber, aged 18, arrived in America in 1900

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  • Margarete Bieber (b. 1879), American archaeologist and educator
  • David J Bieber (b. 1910), American educational administrator
  • Nita Bieber (b. 1926), American film and stage actress and dancer
  • Irving Bieber (1909-1991), American psychoanalyst
  • Michael Bieber, Professor in the Information Systems Department of the College of Computing Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Justin Drew Bieber (b. 1994), Canadian Juno Award winning pop-R&B singer
  • Owen Bieber (b. 1929), President of the United Auto Workers (UAW) from 1983 to 1995
  • Frederick Robert Bieber (b. 1950), Canadian-born Medical Geneticist at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Martin Bieber (1900-1974), Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II


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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Bieber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bieber Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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