The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Bittelmaier family. Bittelmaier is a local
name. Bittelmaier is a name for someone who lived in Bavaria
. During medieval times, the Bittelmaier family was extraordinarily prominent in this region and it contributed to the development of ancient Germanic traditions and customs, such as military initiation, legality, and chivalry. In the Middle Ages, many succeeding branches of the Bittelmaier family obtained lands in distant regions in the German Empire or in foreign countries. The Bittelmaier family was extremely involved in Bavarian local affairs and consequently, it acquired a distinguished reputation.
Early Origins of the Bittelmaier family
The surname Bittelmaier was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Bittlmayr made an important early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The Bittlmayr family became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play significant roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Bittelmaier family
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Bittelmaier Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Bittelmaier include Bittlmayr, Bittlemayer, Bitlemayr, Bitlemayer, Bittlmeyer, Bittlmair, Bittlmeier, Biddlmayr, Biddlmayer, Biddlemayer, Biddlemeyer, Biddlmair, Biddlmeier and many more.
Early Notables of the Bittelmaier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bittelmaier family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bittelmaiers to arrive in North America, and among them were: settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.