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The distinguished family surname Blumenthal originated in the lands which eventually became the German state of Prussia. This state was known for its majestic landscape, its rapid industrial growth, its military power, and for its contributions to European culture. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Blumenthal family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Blumenthal Early Origins



The surname Blumenthal was first found in Brandenburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times; this family, according to chronicles, entered the region after the Wenden were driven out around 926 A.D. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Blumenthal Spelling Variations


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Blumenthal 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 Blumenthal include Blumenthal, Blumental, Blumenthaler, Blumentaler and others.

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Blumenthal Early History


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Blumenthal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blumenthal research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1657, 1650, 1701, 1728, 1609, 1657, 1810, 1900, 1864 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Blumenthal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blumenthal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blumenthal Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Blumenthal during this time period were Joachim Friedrich von Blumenthal (1609-1657), a German nobleman, a diplomat and the founder of the Brandenburg-Prussian Army; and...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blumenthal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Blumenthals to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Blumenthal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isodor Blumenthal, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1832
  • Joseph Blumenthal came to Philadelphia in 1837
  • Dr. Blumenthal came to Texas in 1845
  • Dr. Blumenthal, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Friedrich Blumenthal, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blumenthal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blumenthal (post 1700)



  • Werner Michael Blumenthal (b. 1926), American administrator, US Secretary of the Treasury (1977-1979)
  • Antje Blumenthal (b. 1947), German politician
  • Ludwig Otto Blumenthal (1876-1944), German mathematician
  • Oskar Blumenthal (1853-1917), German journalist, director, and playwright of Berlin
  • Leonhard Graf von Blumenthal (1810-1900), Prussian field marshal

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    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    11. ...

    The Blumenthal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blumenthal 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.

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