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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bierbaum, Bierbaumer, Birnbaum, Beerbohm and many more.

First found in Germany, where the name Bierbaum came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnbaum research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birnbaum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Birnbaum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Birnbaum Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Joachim Birnbaum, who arrived in New York in 1749
  • Joachim Birnbaum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1749

Birnbaum Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Birnbaum, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802


  • Nathan Birnbaum (1896-1996), original name of George Burns, American comedian, actor and writer
  • Allan Birnbaum (1923-1976), American statistician
  • Norman Birnbaum (b. 1926), American sociologist
  • Karl Birnbaum (1878-1950), German neurologist
  • Mr. Jakob Birnbaum (d. 1912), aged 24, Belgian First Class passenger from Antwerp, Belgium who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by --CS Mackay-Bennett


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  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. 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).
  10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  11. ...

The Birnbaum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birnbaum 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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