Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Beerens. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Beerens family.
Early Origins of the Beerens family
Prussia, where the name Beeren was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early Europe. The family would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Beerens family
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Early Notables of the Beerens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beerens family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beerens or a variant listed above: Jacob Beeren who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765; Barend Beerends came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1803; Elisabeth Beren arrived in New York City in 1848.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beerens (post 1700)
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