The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Bommhardt family. Bommhardt is a local
name. Bommhardt is a name for someone who lived in Bavaria
. In the Middle Ages, the Bommhardt family possessed immense lands and became accustomed to the splendors of feudal
courts. As members of the landed aristocracy, they played an instrumental role in the social, economic and political development of the Bavarian territories. Their social status was further elevated as many branches of the family obtained estates in distant regions of the German Empire.
Early Origins of the Bommhardt family
The surname Bommhardt was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Bomhard 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 same house acquired distant estates in other areas. This acquisition of new estates combined with their great contributions to society served to enhance their social status.
Early History of the Bommhardt family
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Bommhardt 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 Bommhardt include Bomhard, Bommhard, Bomhardd, Bommhardt, Bommhart, Bomharde, Bommharde, Bommhardt, Bommhart, Bomhardt and many more.
Early Notables of the Bommhardt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bommhardt family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bommhardts to arrive in North America, and among them were: Andreas Bomhard, who arrived in New York City in 1782 and other people who settled along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..