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Where did the German Armann family come from? What is the German Armann family crest and coat of arms? When did the Armann family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Armann family history?

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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 Armann include Armin, Arminn, Arman, Armane, Armann, Armen, Armenius and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where this family name is considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The family Armin became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The name Armin is a popular first name, and it comes from Arminius, which is Latin for the German Hermann. Hermann the Cherusker (16 B.C.-21 A.D.,) or Arminius, is the most famous bearer of this name; as the liberator of Germany, he and his forces destroyed a Roman legion in 9 A.D. in the Teutoberger Forest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armann research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armann History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Armann or a variant listed above:

Armann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John C. Armann, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Wilhelm Armann, who came to Chicago in 1869
  • Georg Armann, who arrived in Chicago in 1869
  • Hen Armann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1886

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The Armann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armann 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.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:15.

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