Benecke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Benecke. 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 Benecke family.
Early Origins of the Benecke family
The surname Benecke was first found in Brandenburg, where the name Benckendorf emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Benecke family
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Benecke Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. 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 Benecke include Benckendorf, Benkendorf, Beneckendorff, Benckendorff, Benckenndorf, Benkkendorf, Benkendorfer and many more.
Early Notables of the Benecke family (pre 1700)
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Benecke migration to the United States +
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 Benecke or a variant listed above:
Benecke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Heinr Benecke, who arrived in America in 1780 
- August Benecke, who arrived in Long Island in 1781 
- Conrad Benecke, who arrived in America in 1783 
- Friedrich Benecke, who arrived in America in 1783 
- Carl, Benecke Sr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1793 
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Benecke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- P A Benecke, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 
- Heinrich Benecke, who landed in America in 1850 
- Gottfried Benecke, who landed in Texas in 1858 
- Frederick Benecke, who landed in Texas in 1858 
Contemporary Notables of the name Benecke (post 1700) +
- Robert Benecke (1835-1903), German-born American photographer
- Ruby Waldo Benecke, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Chariton County, 1920, 1944, 1946; Delegate to Missouri State Constitutional Convention 6th District, 1943-44
- Louis Benecke, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 6th District, 1871-74; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1888 (alternate), 1908
- Mark Benecke (b. 1970), German forensic biologist
- Emil Benecke (1898-1945), German water gold and silver medalist polo player at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics
- Georg Friedrich Benecke (1762-1844), German philologist
Historic Events for the Benecke family +
- Friedrich Benecke (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details