The Bittelmayer family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Bittelmayer 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 Bittelmayer was given to someone who lived in Bavaria. During medieval times, the Bittelmayer 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 Bittelmayer family obtained lands in distant regions in the German Empire or in foreign countries. The Bittelmayer family was extremely involved in Bavarian local affairs and consequently, it acquired a distinguished reputation.
Early Origins of the Bittelmayer family
The surname Bittelmayer 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 Bittelmayer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bittelmayer research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bittelmayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bittelmayer 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 Bittelmayer include Bittlmayr, Bittlemayer, Bitlemayr, Bitlemayer, Bittlmeyer, Bittlmair, Bittlmeier, Biddlmayr, Biddlmayer, Biddlemayer, Biddlemeyer, Biddlmair, Biddlmeier and many more.
Early Notables of the Bittelmayer family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Bittelmayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bittelmayer 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: settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.