The ancestral home of the Bebenberg family is Bavaria
. Bebenberg is a local
name for a person 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 Bebenberg 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 Bebenberg family
The surname Bebenberg was first found in the Franconian canton Rhoen-Werra, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. From early on, there were two separate Franconian houses bearing the name Bebenburg. One house, the Karg von Bebenburg, had their seat in the canton of Gebuerg. The house of Bebenburg proper, however, stemmed from the von Kuchenmeister family and had their seat in the canton Rhoen-Werra. The founding father is taken to be Rudolph Kuchenmeister, who owned the castle Bebenburg near Bretheim around 1230.
Early History of the Bebenberg family
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Bebenberg Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Bebenberg include Bebenburg, Bebbenburg, Bebbenberg, Bebenberg, Bebenburgg, Bebenbergg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bebenberg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bebenberg family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bebenberg or a variant listed above: members of the family who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States.