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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Sonnenberg, Sonnenburg, Sonneberg, Sonneburg, Sonnenbourg, Sonnberg, Sonnburg, Sonnberger and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where the name came from noble beginnings gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society and its lands in the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches throughout Europe, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sonnenberg research. Another 372 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1337, 1388, 1722, and 1764 are included under the topic Early Sonnenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sonnenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sonnenberg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Heinrich Sonnenberg, who arrived in America in 1780

Sonnenberg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Sonnenberg settled in Texas at the age of 38 in 1846
  • Fredk Sonnenberg, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Hermann Sonnenberg came to Philadelphia in 1856
  • Joseph Sonnenberg, who arrived in America in 1856
  • Heinr Sonnenberg, who landed in America in 1868


  • Walter Adolf Sonnenberg (b. 1921), the dean of New College, Florida, the business manager of the American Physiology Society, was a lieutenant commander in the army, and was decorated with a Bronze Star
  • Brian Sonnenberg MD, FRCP, clinical cardiologist at the University of Alberta Hospital


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  6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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The Sonnenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sonnenberg 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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