The distinguished family surname Barwald originated in the lands which eventually became the German state of Prussia
. This state was known for its majestic landscape, its rapid industrial growth, its military power, and for its contributions to European culture. 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 Barwald 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 Barwald family
The surname Barwald was first found in Prussia
, where the family was anciently seated at Friedland, Prussian Eylau and Labiau.
Early History of the Barwald family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barwald research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1600, 1796, and 1868 are included under the topic Early Barwald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barwald 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 Barwald include Berwalde, Berwald, Berwal, Berwaldde, Berwallde, Berwalde, Berwale, Berwalle, Barwalde, Baerwalde, Barwald, Berwaldm, Barwal, Barwal, Barwaldde, Baerwaldde, Barwallde, Baerwallde, Barwalde, Baerwalde, Barwale, Baerwale, Barwalle and many more.
Early Notables of the Barwald family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barwald 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 Barwald or a variant listed above:
Barwald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- August Barwald, who landed in America in 1891 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- August Barwald, who arrived in America in 1895