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The prestigious family surname Bernwits originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia. In the 19th century, this state was virtually unrivalled militarily, and its rapid industrial growth made it a contender for economic superiority in Europe as well. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Bernwits family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Bernwits Early Origins



The surname Bernwits was first found in Brandenburg, where the family was anciently seated.

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Bernwits Spelling Variations


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Bernwits 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 Bernwits include Bernewitz, Bernwitz, Bernwitts, Bernwitz, Burnwitz, Bernewitze, Bernwitze, Barnewitz, Bernewits, Bernwits, Bernwitts, Burnewits, Burnewitts, Burnwits and many more.

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Bernwits Early History


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Bernwits Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bernwits research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1767 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Bernwits History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bernwits Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bernwits Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bernwits Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Theodore Barnewitz, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851; and other people who arrived on the eastern coast of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries..

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    Other References

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    3. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Bernwits Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bernwits Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 February 2014 at 15:41.

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