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

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Egnor family. Egnor is a local name. Egnor is a name for someone who lived by the river Eger, located near Bopfingen or in the city of Egerer in Bavaria.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Egnor include Eger, Egerer, Egere, Egermann, Egerman, Egern and others.

First found in Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. There is a river named Eger which flows by Bopfingen, a town of Egern near Rottach, and a city Egerer in Bavaria.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Egnor research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1754, 1759, 1779, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Egnor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Egnor 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 Egnors to arrive in North America, and among them were: Bernard Eger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Emila Eger arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1772; Jacob Eger arrived in Philadelphia in 1738.

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