Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Bodenstein 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 Bodenstein was given to someone who lived in a valley bottom. The German word boden, which means floor or bottom was given to this family. The Bodenstein family was prominent in Nuremberg, where it played an integral part in the social, economic and political development of the region. In medieval times, when land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power, the Bodenstein family became members of the gentry. They possessed vast estates and enjoyed the splendors of the feudal court.
Early Origins of the Bodenstein family
Feudal System and the nation.
Early History of the Bodenstein family
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Bodenstein Spelling Variations
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 Bodenstein include Bodenstein, Boedenstein, Boeddenstein, Bodenstien, Boedenstien, Baudenstein, Baudenstien, Budenstein, Buedenstein, Buddenstein and many more.
Early Notables of the Bodenstein family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bodenstein 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:
Bodenstein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bodenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bodenstein (post 1700)
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