Show ContentsBitner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bitner was an occupational name for a cooper or a barrel maker. The name was derived from the Old German word "bute," which means "cask."

Early Origins of the Bitner family

The surname Bitner was first found in Bohemia, where the family came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Bitner family

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Bitner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bittner, Bitner, Bitnner, Bittener, Bitener, Pittner, Pitner, Buettner, Boettner, Bottner, Botner, Boetner, Buetner, Bettner and many more.

Early Notables of the Bitner family (pre 1700)

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Bitner Ranking

In the United States, the name Bitner is the 9,601st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Bitner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bitner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Bitner, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bitner (post 1700) +

  • Richard Bitner (b. 1966), American author and publisher
  • David I. Bitner (1948-2011), American Republican politician from Florida [3]
  • Jason Bitner, American author
  • Gordon Bitner Hinckley (1910-2008), American religious leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Bitner Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute foris prudentia domi
Motto Translation: By virtue of prudence at home and abroad

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2012, May 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook