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
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
Early Notables of the Arnim family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arnim family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Arnim (post 1700)
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
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