Show ContentsArnim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Arnim, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, which is renowned for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Arnim family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which by the 19th century, had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Arnim family

The surname Arnim was first found in the lands that later would form Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name is seen by some historians as coming from the town of Arnhem, in the Netherlands, and later branching to the Altmark (district of Magdeburg) around 968 A.D.

Early History of the Arnim family

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Arnim 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 Arnim include Arnim, Arnimm, Arnnim, Arnem, Arnnem and others.

Early Notables of the Arnim family (pre 1700)

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United States Arnim 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:

Arnim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Arnim, age 22, settled in Texas in 1850
  • J.F. Arnim, age 32, settled in Texas in 1850
  • Edmund Arnim, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850 [1]
  • Albert Arnim, who arrived in Texas in 1852
  • Alex Arnim, who settled in Texas in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Arnim (post 1700) +

  • Frank Arnim, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Edgefield County, 1868 [2]
  • Jürgen Arnim (1891-1971), German soldier
  • Sumter Smith Arnim (b. 1904), American award-winning pathologist and dentist, Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas

The Arnim Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non cantu
Motto Translation: No song

  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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook