Bodenstein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Bodenstein family

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.

Early History of the Bodenstein family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodenstein research. Another 54 words (4 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Bodenstein family (pre 1700)

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United States Bodenstein migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Henrich Bodenstein, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Bodenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marg Bodenstein, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Georg Bodenstein who landed in Philadelphia in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Bodenstein (post 1700) +

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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