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

The ancestral home of the Dollinger family was in the German state of Bavaria. Dollinger is a local name for a person who lived in Bavarian towns, such as Doelling, Dolling, Dölling, or Dollingen. This surname is derived from the Old German word dolle, which means grave or valley. The first Bavarian towns named Doelling were, thus, situated in a valley. After the 16th century, a period of widespread European migration, the Dollinger name spread into neighboring regions as members searched for occupations in religious, military, or political service. As a result, numerous different branches of the family name emerged.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Dollinger include Doellinger, Doelinger, Dollinger, Dolinger, Doelling, Doeling, Dolling, Tollinger, Tolinger, Dollingen, Doling, Tolling, Toling and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Henne Dolling, who was in Frankfurt in 1387, Friedrich Tollinger, who was in the Upper Pfalz in 1413, and Hannus Tollig, who was in Braunau, Bohemia in 1450.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dollinger research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1799 and are included under the topic Early Dollinger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dollinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dollinger or a variant listed above:

Dollinger Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Georg Philipp Dollinger arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Georg Philip Dollinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • George Dollinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jonas Dollinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773

Dollinger Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Poinerat D Dollinger, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • William Dollinger landed in Philadelphia in 1859
  • Barbara Dollinger, aged 48, landed in South Dakota in 1889
  • Catherina Dollinger, aged 26, arrived in South Dakota in 1889
  • Christian Dollinger, aged 8, landed in South Dakota in 1889


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  • Werner Dollinger (b. 1918), renowned industrialist and West German politician for the Christian Democratic party


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