A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Arnnem, 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 Arnnem 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 Arnnem family
The surname Arnnem 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 Arnnem family
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Arnnem Spelling Variations
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 Arnnem include Arnim, Arnimm, Arnnim, Arnem, Arnnem and others.
Early Notables of the Arnnem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arnnem family to the New World and Oceana
The state of Prussia
was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany
. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Arnnems to arrive in North America, and among them were: Albert Arnim, who arrived in Texas in 1852. Alex Arnim settled in Texas in 1852. Edmund Arnim, age 22; settled in Texas in 1850. J.F. Arnim, age 32; settled in Texas in 1850..
The Arnnem 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