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

The distinguished German surname Quandt is derived from the Middle Low German word "quant," meaning "rogue, joker." It is likely that the name was originally bestowed as a nickname on someone with a penchant for playing practical jokes.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Quandt, Quant, Quand and others.

First found in regions of North Germany, particularly the Baltic province of Pomerania, where the ancestral home of the Quandt family is thought to be located. The first known bearer of the name was Gotfried Quant, who was a resident of the city of Rostock in 1284. The young Quandt family figured prominently in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of Pomeranian society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quandt research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1308, 1345, 1820, 1602, 1762, 1815, 1787, 1859, 1844, 1841 and 1919 are included under the topic Early Quandt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quandt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quandt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Karl Friedrich Quandt, aged 25, landed in America in 1845-1846

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  • Johanna Quandt (b. 1929), German billionaire and is the widow of industrialist Herbert Quandt, who resurrected BMW from bankruptcy
  • Georg Quandt (b. 1869), German painter
  • Carl Udo Quandt (b. 1903), German well-known writer
  • Günther Quandt (1881-1954), German industrialist who founded an industrial empire
  • Harald Quandt (1921-1967), German child of Magda Goebbels and entrepreneur Günther Quandt, was the stepson of Joseph Goebbels


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  2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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  10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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The Quandt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quandt 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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