Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Bebbenberg family. Bebbenberg is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in the castle Bebenburg near Bretheim. Rudolph Kuchenmeister, the founding father of the name owned this ancient castle, during the 13th century. After the 16th century, a period of widespread European migration, the Bebbenberg name spread into neighboring regions as members searched for occupations in religious, military, or political service. As a result, numerous different branches of the family name emerged. The two major houses of the name Bebenburg were found in Franconia. The house of Bebenburg proper, which stemmed from the von Kuchenmeister family, held their seat in the canton Rhoen-Werra. The other house, which descended from the Karg von Bebenburg, held their seat in the canton of Gebuerg.
Early Origins of the Bebbenberg family
Early History of the Bebbenberg family
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Bebbenberg Spelling Variations
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 Bebbenberg include Bebenburg, Bebbenburg, Bebbenberg, Bebenberg, Bebenburgg, Bebenbergg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bebbenberg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bebbenberg family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bebbenbergs to arrive in North America, and among them were: members of the family who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States.
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