The ancient roots of the Berntorffer family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. Berntorffer was a local
name, for someone who lived in Bavaria. During the Middle Ages, when feudalism
, chivalry, and knighthood characterized Europe, heroic battles over power and prestige were fought between the noble families. In an age of rapidly changing political and religious alliances, the Berntorffer family declared their loyalty to many different noblemen and princes who sought their support in the conflicts of the day. Consequently, the Berntorffer family made a vital contribution to the ancient German traditions of military initiation, legality, and chivalry.
Early Origins of the Berntorffer family
The surname Berntorffer was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Berndorf made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The name Berndorf became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Berntorffer family
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Berntorffer 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 Berntorffer include Berndorf, Berndorff, Berndorfer, Berndorffer, Burndorf, Burndorff, Berndorphe, Berndorp, Berndorper, Berntorf, Berntorff, Berntorffer, Barndorf, Baerndorf, Barndorff, Baerndorff, Barndorffer, Baerndorffer, Barndorp, Baerndorp, Barndorper, Baerndorper, Barntorf, Baerntorf, Barntorff, Baerntorff, Barntorffer and many more.
Early Notables of the Berntorffer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berntorffer family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Berntorffer surname or a spelling variation of the name include: C. W. Berndorff, who arrived in New York, NY in 1862.