The Breydenstein family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Breydenstein 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 Breydenstein was given to someone who lived in Bavaria. The family name Breydenstein originated in the region during the Middle Ages, when Bavaria
was characterized by feudalism
, court intrigue, and heroic battles. The Breydenstein 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 Breydenstein family further increased its prestige by acquiring estates in distant regions of the German Empire.
Early Origins of the Breydenstein family
The surname Breydenstein 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 Breydenstein family
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Breydenstein 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 Breydenstein include Braidenstein, Braydenstein, Braiedenstein, Braedenstein, Braidenstien, Braydenstien, Braiedenstien and many more.
Early Notables of the Breydenstein family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breydenstein family to the New World and Oceana
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: settlers who established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.