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Origins Available: German, Jewish
The German surname Hahn emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories 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 among the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
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 Hahn include Hahn, Hahnn, Hahen, Hahenn, Haahn, Haahnn and others.
First found in Mecklenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The name can be traced back to the founder of the Mecklenburg line, Eckhard Hahn, who appears in chronicles as early as 1230; they possessed the estate of Basedow, since 1337 the family seat of the main family branch.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hahn research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1769, 1782, 1833, and 1857 are included under the topic Early Hahn History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hahn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Hahn were
Hahn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hahn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hahn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Hahn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Hahn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hahn 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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