The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Braidenstein family. Braidenstein is a local
name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in Bavaria
. The family name Braidenstein originated in the region during the Middle Ages, when Bavaria
was characterized by feudalism
, court intrigue, and heroic battles. The Braidenstein family participated in the struggles for power and control of the territory. They also played an influential role in the social, economic and political development of the region of Bavaria. The Braidenstein family further increased its prestige by acquiring estates in distant regions of the German Empire.
Early Origins of the Braidenstein family
The surname Braidenstein was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Braidenstein emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on, the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Braidenstein family
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Braidenstein 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 Braidenstein include Braidenstein, Braydenstein, Braiedenstein, Braedenstein, Braidenstien, Braydenstien, Braiedenstien and many more.
Early Notables of the Braidenstein family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braidenstein 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 Braidensteins to arrive in North America, and among them were: settlers who established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.