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The German surname Arnstorph emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. West Prussia, where the distinguished surname Arnstorph was born, was nestled between Brandenburg and East Prussia on the Vistula River. It is famous for its ancient cities, such as Danzig, which is renowned for its culture and fine displays of Renaissance art and architecture.

Arnstorph Early Origins



The surname Arnstorph was first found in the Mark region of Germany, where the family contributed to the prosperity of the area. Many nobles and princes of early history sought the family's influence in their struggle for political power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions. The ancestral manor and estate, built in the early 13th century, was called "Ahrensdorf" and was located in the Templiner region of the Uckermark, north of Berlin.

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Arnstorph Spelling Variations


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Arnstorph 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 Arnstorph include Arenstorf, Ahrenstorf, Arenstorph, Arenstorfe, Arenstorphe, Arenstorff, Arenstorffe, Arnstorph, Ahrensdorf, Arensdorf and many more.

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Arnstorph Early History


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Arnstorph Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arnstorph research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Arnstorph History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Arnstorph Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Arnstorph Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arnstorph Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Arnstorphs to arrive in North America, and among them were: Philip Heinrich Ahrendorf, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753 at the age of 38.

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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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    The Arnstorph Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arnstorph 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 20 January 2014 at 11:02.

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