Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Bebbenburg 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 Bebbenburg was given to 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 Bebbenburg 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 Bebbenburg family
Early History of the Bebbenburg family
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Bebbenburg Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bebbenburg include Bebenburg, Bebbenburg, Bebbenberg, Bebenberg, Bebenburgg, Bebenbergg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bebbenburg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bebbenburg 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: members of the family who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States.
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