The prestigious family surname Barnewitz originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia
. In the 19th century, this state was virtually unrivalled militarily, and its rapid industrial growth made it a contender for economic superiority in Europe as well. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Barnewitz family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia
, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Barnewitz family
The surname Barnewitz was first found in Brandenburg, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Barnewitz family
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Barnewitz 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 Barnewitz include Bernewitz, Bernwitz, Bernwitts, Bernwitz, Burnwitz, Bernewitze, Bernwitze, Barnewitz, Bernewits, Bernwits, Bernwitts, Burnewits, Burnewitts, Burnwits and many more.
Early Notables of the Barnewitz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barnewitz family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia
has played an important part in the history of Germany
. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Barnewitz or a variant listed above:
Barnewitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Theodore Barnewitz, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851