personal name Benedictus, a name that meant "blessed."
Early Origins of the Benedikt family
Westphalia, where the family played a large role in the tribal conflicts of the area, and would later contribute greatly to the development of an emerging nation. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Early History of the Benedikt family
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Early Notables of the Benedikt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benedikt family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of 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 settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Ditterich Bendict, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1738.
Contemporary Notables of the name Benedikt (post 1700)
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