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Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Bienewitz. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Bienewitz was first used by someone who lived in the village of Bennewitz which is between Halle and Schkeuditz. The oldest branch of the family owned the estate named Beinewitz, which is now Bennewitz near Torgau, since the early 14th century.

Bienewitz Early Origins



The surname Bienewitz was first found in Brandenburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The earliest form of the name was Beinewitz or Bienewitz, and the oldest branch of the family owned the estate Beinewitz (now Bennewitz near Torgau) as early as 1300. Other chronicles suggest that the family originated in the village Bennewitz between Halle and Schkeuditz.

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Bienewitz Spelling Variations


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Bienewitz 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 Bienewitz include Bennewitz, Benwitz, Bennewitts, Benewitz, Bennswitz, Benwitts, Benwitz, Bannwitz, Banwitz, Beinewitz and many more.

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Bienewitz Early History


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Bienewitz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bienewitz research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1541, 1495 and 1592 are included under the topic Early Bienewitz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bienewitz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bienewitz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bienewitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Prussia 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 Ameri ca. 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 Bienewitz were Theodor Bennewitz, who settled in Texas in 1843 with his wife and child.

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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    The Bienewitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bienewitz 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 27 March 2014 at 13:06.

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