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The Bamberg family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Bamberg is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Bamberg was given to someone who lived in the city of Bamberg in Bavaria. Formerly called Upper Franconia and later a part of Prussia, Bamberg was the capital of a powerful ecclesiastical state between 1007 and 1702. In Bavaria, the Bamberg family was prominent in social affairs and it formed alliances with other families under the Feudal System. The family name Bamberg can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when Bavaria was a region characterized by feudalism, knighthood, and court intrigue. During these turbulent feudal times, when political and religious alliances changed frequently, heroic battles over power, prestige, and territory were fought by competing noble families.
The surname Bamberg was first found in Franconia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
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 Bamberg include Bamberg, Bammberg, Bambergh, Bambergg, Bamburg, Baumberg, Bamberger, Bamburger, Baumberger and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bamberg research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1788, 1823, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Bamberg History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bamberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Bamberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bamberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Bamberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bamberg 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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