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Bamberg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Bamberg family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Bamberg is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Bamberg was given to someone who lived in the city of Bamberg in Bavaria. Formerly called Upper Franconia and later a part of Prussia, Bamberg was the capital of a powerful ecclesiastical state between 1007 and 1702. In Bavaria, the Bamberg family was prominent in social affairs and it formed alliances with other families under the Feudal System. The family name Bamberg can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when Bavaria was a region characterized by feudalism, knighthood, and court intrigue. During these turbulent feudal times, when political and religious alliances changed frequently, heroic battles over power, prestige, and territory were fought by competing noble families.

Early Origins of the Bamberg family


The surname Bamberg was first found in Franconia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Saint Otto of Bamberg (German: Otto von Bamberg, Polish: Otton z Bambergu) (c. 1060-1139) was a medieval German bishop and missionary who, as papal legate, converted much of Pomerania to Christianity. He was Chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1101

Early History of the Bamberg family


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Bamberg 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 Bamberg include Bamberg, Bammberg, Bambergh, Bambergg, Bamburg, Baumberg, Bamberger, Bamburger, Baumberger and many more.

Early Notables of the Bamberg family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bamberg family to the New World and Oceana


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Bamberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christophel Bamberg, who settled in Philadelphia in 1761

Bamberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhem August Bamberg, accompanied by his wife Karoline, who arrived in America in 1854

Bamberg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Richard Bamberg, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Santa Eulalia" from Hamilton, Ontario [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68Y-H4Z : 6 December 2014), Richard Bamberg, 19 Oct 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Ontario, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Eulalia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Peter Bamberg, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Edith" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66W-DM4 : 6 December 2014), Peter Bamberg, 04 Aug 1920; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Edith, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Chandler Bamberg, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Paris" from Le Havre, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N2-KMD : 6 December 2014), Chandler Bamberg, 19 Nov 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • David Bamberg, aged 17, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6V3-DWG : 6 December 2014), David Bamberg, 01 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Jan Bamberg, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Gdansk" from Danzig, Poland [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6G7-YY4 : 6 December 2014), Jan Bamberg, 23 Jan 1921; citing departure port Danzig, Poland, arrival port New York, ship name Gdansk, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bamberg (post 1700)


  • Justin Tyler Bamberg (b. 1987), American personal injury trial lawyer with Bamberg Legal, LLC and politician, Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (2014-)
  • Tobias Bamberg (1812-1870), Dutch professional magician, oldest son of David Bamberg, member of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty
  • David Leendert Bamberg (1787-1869), Dutch professional magician, son of Eliaser Bamberg, member of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty
  • Eliaser Bamberg (1760-1833), Dutch professional magician, son of Jasper Bamberg, member of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty
  • Jasper Bamberg (1698-1780), Dutch alchemist and necromancer, founder of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty
  • David Tobias Bamberg (1843-1914), known as Papa Bamberg, Dutch court magician to King William III of the Netherlands, member of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty
  • David Tobias "Theodore" Bamberg (1904-1974), known as Fu Manchu, English magician, the sixth and final member of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty, son of Tobias Bamberg
  • Tobias "Theo" Leendert Bamberg (1875-1963), Dutch-born, professional magician, son of David Bamberg, member of the Bamberg Magical Dynasty
  • Harold Rolf Bamberg (b. 1923), British army Commander, who received the Order of the British Empire, and was later chairman of Bamberg Group Ltd.(1968)

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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68Y-H4Z : 6 December 2014), Richard Bamberg, 19 Oct 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Ontario, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Eulalia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66W-DM4 : 6 December 2014), Peter Bamberg, 04 Aug 1920; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Edith, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N2-KMD : 6 December 2014), Chandler Bamberg, 19 Nov 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6V3-DWG : 6 December 2014), David Bamberg, 01 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6G7-YY4 : 6 December 2014), Jan Bamberg, 23 Jan 1921; citing departure port Danzig, Poland, arrival port New York, ship name Gdansk, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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