The prestigious family surname Bernwitts 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 Bernwitts 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.
Early Origins of the Bernwitts family
The surname Bernwitts was first found in Brandenburg, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Bernwitts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bernwitts research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1767 and 1867 are included under the topic Early Bernwitts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bernwitts 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 Bernwitts include Bernewitz, Bernwitz, Bernwitts, Bernwitz, Burnwitz, Bernewitze, Bernwitze, Barnewitz, Bernewits, Bernwits, Bernwitts, Burnewits, Burnewitts, Burnwits and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernwitts family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bernwitts family to the New World and Oceana
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 America. 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..