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

The ancestral home of the Fichten family is Bavaria. Fichten is a local name for a person who lived in the medieval township named Fichten. This township was located near the Fichtel mountains in the south-east of Germany. Although the original bearer of this name was born in Fichten, this family migrated to Franconia and Bavaria during the Middle Ages.

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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 Fichten include Fichte, Fichten, Fichter, Fichterle, Fichtel, Ficht, Fichtl and many more.

First found in Franconia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fichten research. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1762, 1796, 1814, 1817, and 1879 are included under the topic Early Fichten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fichten 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 Fichten or a variant listed above: Heinrich Fichter, who came to Philadelphia in 1771; as did Johann Leonhard Fichter in 1772; as well as Ignatius Fichtl in 1753 and Gottfried Fichtner in 1800.

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