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The Bodenstein family name first began to be used in the German state of 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.

Bodenstein Early Origins



The surname Bodenstein was first found in Nuremberg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Bodenstein 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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Bodenstein Spelling Variations


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Bodenstein 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 Bodenstein include Bodenstein, Boedenstein, Boeddenstein, Bodenstien, Boedenstien, Baudenstein, Baudenstien, Budenstein, Buedenstein, Buddenstein and many more.

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Bodenstein Early History


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Bodenstein Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodenstein research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1528 and 1577 are included under the topic Early Bodenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bodenstein Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bodenstein Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bodenstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • Erhard Bodenstein who arrived in Philadelphia in 1764
  • Heinr Bodenstein, who arrived in America in 1779
  • Henrich Bodenstein, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Bodenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marg Bodenstein, who arrived in North America in 1832
  • Georg Bodenstein who landed in Philadelphia in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bodenstein (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bodenstein (post 1700)



  • Christel Bodenstein (b. 1938), German film actress

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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    The Bodenstein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bodenstein 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.

    This page was last modified on 30 November 2015 at 12:28.

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