Bartelemaeus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Bartelemaeus surname comes from the Germanic personal name Bertwald, composed of the elements "berht," meaning "bright," and "wald," meaning "rule."
Early Origins of the Bartelemaeus family
The surname Bartelemaeus was first found in Bavaria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The name is associated with the famous Saint Bartholomaeus (St. Bartholomew,) who was one of the Apostles.
Early History of the Bartelemaeus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bartelemaeus research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1815, 1585, 1625, 1672, 1776, 1789, 1806 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Bartelemaeus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bartelemaeus 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 Bartelemaeus include Barthels, Bartel, Bartels, Bartl, Bartelemaeus, Bartholomaus, Bartelme, Barthelme, Barthelmes and many more.
Early Notables of the Bartelemaeus family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Bartelemaeus in this period include Johann and Peter Barthelme of Schweidnitz who were raised to nobility in 1585; and Melchior Barthel (1625-1672), a German sculptor from Dresden.
Johann Christian Barthel, born at Plauen 1776, was a musician from a very early age, in 1789 and played at the house of Doles before Mozart, who praised him highly, and soon after entered...
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Migration of the Bartelemaeus family
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bartelemaeuss to arrive in North America, and among them were: Bernhard Bartels, age 21; who arrived in Texas in 1845; as did Maria Bartels in the same year; Cornelis Bartels came to New Netherlands (New York) in 1660.
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