The Gundfinger family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Gundfinger 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 Gundfinger was given to someone who lived in Nuremburg, where the name Gundelfinger emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. Since the 13th century the surname was closely associated with the great social and economic advancements the territory's feudal
Early Origins of the Gundfinger family
The surname Gundfinger was first found in Nuremberg, where the name Gundelfinger emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. Since the 13th century the surname was closely associated with the great social and economic advancements the territory's feudal
Early History of the Gundfinger family
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Gundfinger Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Gundfinger include Gundelfinger, Gundellfinger, Gundelfinge, Gundellfinge, Gunthelfinger Gunthelfinge, Guntelphinger, Guntelphinge, Gundelphinge, Gundellphinge, Gundellphinger, Gundelpinger, Gundelfingere, Gundelfingen, Gundelfingel, Gundelfingle, Gundellfingere and many more.
Early Notables of the Gundfinger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gundfinger family to the New World and Oceana
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: Hans Gundelfinger who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750; John C. Gundelfinger arrived in Missouri in 1840; William C. Gundelfinger arrived in Allegheny County, Pa. in 1876.