is the ancestral home of the Baerntorff family. The Baerntorff surname evolved as a local
name. It is a name for a family that 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 Baerntorff family declared their loyalty to many different noblemen and princes who sought their support in the conflicts of the day. Consequently, the Baerntorff family made a vital contribution to the ancient German traditions of military initiation, legality, and chivalry.
Early Origins of the Baerntorff family
The surname Baerntorff 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 Baerntorff family
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Baerntorff Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Baerntorff 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 Baerntorff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baerntorff family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Baerntorff or a variant listed above: C. W. Berndorff, who arrived in New York, NY in 1862.