The ancient roots of the Bittelmeyer family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. Bittelmeyer was a local
name, for someone who lived in Bavaria. During medieval times, the Bittelmeyer 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 Bittelmeyer family obtained lands in distant regions in the German Empire or in foreign countries. The Bittelmeyer family was extremely involved in Bavarian local affairs and consequently, it acquired a distinguished reputation.
Early Origins of the Bittelmeyer family
The surname Bittelmeyer 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 Bittelmeyer family
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Bittelmeyer 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 Bittelmeyer include Bittlmayr, Bittlemayer, Bitlemayr, Bitlemayer, Bittlmeyer, Bittlmair, Bittlmeier, Biddlmayr, Biddlmayer, Biddlemayer, Biddlemeyer, Biddlmair, Biddlmeier and many more.
Early Notables of the Bittelmeyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bittelmeyer family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Bittelmeyer surname or a spelling variation of the name include: settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.