The ancestral home of the Baerntorf family is Bavaria
. Baerntorf is a local
name for a person who lived in Bavaria. During the Middle Ages, when feudalism
, chivalry, and knighthood characterized Europe, heroic battles over power and prestige were fought between the noble families. In an age of rapidly changing political and religious alliances, the Baerntorf family declared their loyalty to many different noblemen and princes who sought their support in the conflicts of the day. Consequently, the Baerntorf family made a vital contribution to the ancient German traditions of military initiation, legality, and chivalry.
Early Origins of the Baerntorf family
The surname Baerntorf was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Berndorf made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The name Berndorf became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Baerntorf family
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Baerntorf 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 Baerntorf include Berndorf, Berndorff, Berndorfer, Berndorffer, Burndorf, Burndorff, Berndorphe, Berndorp, Berndorper, Berntorf, Berntorff, Berntorffer, Barndorf, Baerndorf, Barndorff, Baerndorff, Barndorffer, Baerndorffer, Barndorp, Baerndorp, Barndorper, Baerndorper, Barntorf, Baerntorf, Barntorff, Baerntorff, Barntorffer and many more.
Early Notables of the Baerntorf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baerntorf family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Baerntorf or a variant listed above: C. W. Berndorff, who arrived in New York, NY in 1862.