Show ContentsBachmeier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Bachmeier family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Bachmeier is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a brook side farmer.

Early Origins of the Bachmeier family

The surname Bachmeier was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Bachmeier family

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Bachmeier 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 Bachmeier include Bachmeyer, Bachemeier, Bachmaier, Bachmayr, Bachmayer, Bachmeyr, Backmeyer, Backemeier, Backmaier, Backmayr, Backmayer, Backmeyr, Backmaer and many more.

Early Notables of the Bachmeier family (pre 1700)

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United States Bachmeier migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bachmeiers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Bachmeier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jan Bachmeier, aged 8, who arrived in America in 1892 [1]
  • Pioter Bachmeier, aged 33, who landed in America in 1892 [1]
Bachmeier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fritz Bachmeier, aged 21, who arrived in America from Harrogate, England, in 1909
  • Georg Bachmeier, aged 25, who arrived in America from Hohenthann, Germany, in 1913
  • Rosina Bachmeier, aged 22, who arrived in America from Starnberg, Germany, in 1913
  • George Bachmeier, aged 34, who arrived in America from Imkofen, Germany, in 1922
  • Johann Bachmeier, aged 18, who arrived in America from Pfarrkirchen, Germany, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bachmeier (post 1700) +

  • Adolph Bachmeier, American-Romanian soccer player who played from 1968 to 1969, member of the United States National Team (1959-1969), inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Josef Bachmeier (1908-1971), German Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in the Waffen SS during World War II

  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) on Facebook