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 Benkendorf. 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 Benkendorf family.
Early Origins of the Benkendorf family
The surname Benkendorf 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 Benkendorf family
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Benkendorf 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 Benkendorf include Benckendorf, Benkendorf, Beneckendorff, Benckendorff, Benckenndorf, Benkkendorf, Benkendorfer and many more.
Early Notables of the Benkendorf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Benkendorf family to the New World and Oceana
played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany
until after the Second World War. Prussia
was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Benkendorf were William, Louis, and Paul Benkendorfer all of whom are recorded as having arrived in Texas between 1850 and 1906; and other settlers who traveled to and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..