is the ancestral home of the Botenstein family. The Botenstein surname evolved as a local
name. It is a name for a family that lived in a valley bottom. The German word boden,
which means floor or bottom was given to this family. The Botenstein 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 Botenstein family became members of the gentry. They possessed vast estates and enjoyed the splendors of the feudal
Early Origins of the Botenstein family
The surname Botenstein 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 Botenstein family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botenstein research.Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1528 and 1577 are included under the topic Early Botenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Botenstein Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Botenstein include Bodenstein, Boedenstein, Boeddenstein, Bodenstien, Boedenstien, Baudenstein, Baudenstien, Budenstein, Buedenstein, Buddenstein and many more.
Early Notables of the Botenstein family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Botenstein family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Botenstein or a variant listed above: Erhard Bodenstein who arrived in Philadelphia in 1764; Georg Bodenstein who landed in Philadelphia in 1872; and other settlers who established themselves along the eastern coasts of the United States and Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..
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