The Basttheim family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Basttheim 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 Basttheim was given to someone who lived in Bavaria
, where the Basttheim family were powerful and prestigious landholders. In the Middle Ages, when Bavaria
was an area characterized by feudalism
, knighthood, and heroic battles, the Basttheim family owned territories and enjoyed the splendors of the feudal
courts. Moreover, they played an instrumental role in the development of Bavarian political and economic affairs.
Early Origins of the Basttheim family
The surname Basttheim was first found in Bavaria
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.
Early History of the Basttheim family
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Basttheim 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 Basttheim include Bastheim, Basteheim, Bastheime, Basttheim, Basstheim and many more.
Early Notables of the Basttheim family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Basttheim 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: settlers who for a variety of reasons decided to travel to the New World and landed on the eastern coast of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries..