Benkendorfer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Benkendorfer. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Benkendorfer family.

Early Origins of the Benkendorfer family

The surname Benkendorfer was first found in Brandenburg, where the name Benckendorf emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Important Dates for the Benkendorfer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benkendorfer research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1757 is included under the topic Early Benkendorfer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Benkendorfer Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Benkendorfer include Benckendorf, Benkendorf, Beneckendorff, Benckendorff, Benckenndorf, Benkkendorf, Benkendorfer and many more.

Early Notables of the Benkendorfer family (pre 1700)

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Benkendorfer migration to the United States

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Benkendorfer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Benkendorfer, who landed in Texas in 1850 [1]
  • Paul Benkendorfer, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [1]
  • William Benkendorfer, who landed in Texas in 1850 [1]
Benkendorfer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William, Louis, and Paul Benkendorfer all of whom are recorded as having, who arrived in Texas between 1850 and 1906

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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