is the ancestral home of the Afatz family. The Afatz surname evolved as a local
name for a family that lived near a prominent ash tree. The name Afatz is derived from the Old German word asc, which means ash tree. The local name originated in Bavaria, a region characterized by feudalism
, chivalry, and knighthood. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Afatz family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.
Early Origins of the Afatz family
The surname Afatz was first found in Bavaria
, where this family 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.
Early History of the Afatz family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Afatz research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Afatz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Afatz 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 Afatz include Aschau, Aschaue, Aschaues, Asschau, Achau, Achaue, Aschauer and many more.
Early Notables of the Afatz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Afatz family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Afatz or a variant listed above: Friedrich Aschauer, who landed in Texas in 1846.