Prussia was the original home of the name Boehmmer. Boehmmer was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, which often used the prefix "von," meaning "of" or "from," in some cases a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common type of German hereditary surname. Boehmmer was a name for someone who lived in Prussia.
Early Origins of the Boehmmer family
Prussia, where the name Boehmmer made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Bohmer became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses where family members played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Boehmmer family
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Early Notables of the Boehmmer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boehmmer family to the New World and Oceana
Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Heinrich Bohmer who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738; Margaret and Martin Boehmer both of whom arrived in New York, New York in 1743; Johan M. Bohmer, age 34.
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