The Berwwanger surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Berwwanger is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Berwwanger was given to someone who lived in Bavaria
. The family name Berwwanger can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when Bavaria
was a region characterized by court intrigue and heroic battles over power and prestige. The Berwwanger family was influential to the social and economic development of the region. In an age of rapidly changing political and religious alliances, the bearers of this distinguished name maintained numerous connections with other families in the area.
Early Origins of the Berwwanger family
The surname Berwwanger was first found in Bavaria
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Berwanger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the region and the nation.
Early History of the Berwwanger family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berwwanger research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1438 and 1480 are included under the topic Early Berwwanger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berwwanger Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Berwwanger include Berwanger, Berwangen, Berwangger, Berwwanger, Berwangere, Berwanggere, Berewanger, Berewangger, Barwanger, Baerwanger, Barwangen, Baerwangen, Barwangger, Baerwangger, Barwwanger, Baerwwanger, Barwangere, Baerwangere, Barwanggere, Baerwanggere, Barewanger, Baerewanger, Barewangger and many more.
Early Notables of the Berwwanger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berwwanger family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Phillip Berwanger who was recorded as having arrived in America in 1853; Peter Berwanger who arrived in New York state in 1857; Peter Joseph Berwanger arrived in North America in 1885.