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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.

Bamberg Early Origins



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. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Bamberg Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bamberg Early History


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Bamberg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bamberg research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1788, 1823, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Bamberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bamberg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bamberg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bamberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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
  • Christophel Bamberg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Bamberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm August Bamberg came to America in 1854 with his wife Karoline
  • Wilhem August Bamberg, accompanied by his wife Karoline, arrived in America in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bamberg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bamberg (post 1700)



  • 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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    The Bamberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bamberg 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.

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