A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Bockelberg, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia
, known its beauty, industry and military power. 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 Bockelberg 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.
Early Origins of the Bockelberg family
The surname Bockelberg was first found in Prussia
, where the name Bockelberg 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 house acquired estates in new areas which, combined with their great contributions to society, succeeded in elevating their social status.
Early History of the Bockelberg family
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Bockelberg 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 Bockelberg include Bockelberg, Bockelburg, Bockelberger, Bockelburger, Bockelbergg, Bockelburgg, Bockelbergger, Bockelburgger, Bockelbergge, Bockelburgge, Bochelberg, Bochelburg, Bochelberger, Bochelburger, Bokkelberg, Bokkelburg, Bokkelberger, Bokkelburger, Bauchelberg, Bauchelburg, Bauchelberger, Bauchelburger, Bauckelberg, Bauckelburg, Bauckelberger, Bauckelburger, Boechelberg, Boeckelburg, Boeckelberger, Boeckelburger, Boeckelbergg, Boeckelburgg, Boeckelbergger, Boeckelburgger, Boechelberg, Boechelburg, Boechelberger, Boechelburger, Buckelberg, Bueckelberg, Buckelburg, Bueckelburg, Buckelbergg, Bueckelbergg, Buckelburgg, Bueckelburgg, Buchelberg, Buechelburg, Buchelburg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bockelberg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bockelberg family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia
has played an important part in the history of Germany
. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bockelberg or a variant listed above: settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bockelberg (post 1700)
- George Baron Bockelberg, Australian politician, MP, son of a German colonist