The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Bebenburg family. Bebenburg is a local
name. Bebenburg is a name 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 Bebenburg 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 Bebenburg family
The surname Bebenburg 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 Bebenburg family
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Bebenburg 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 Bebenburg include Bebenburg, Bebbenburg, Bebbenberg, Bebenberg, Bebenburgg, Bebenbergg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bebenburg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bebenburg 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 Bebenburgs to arrive in North America, and among them were: members of the family who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States.