Buchheim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the German name Buchheim lie within the Austrian empire. Within this region, hereditary surnames began to be adopted after the 12th century, and names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the preposition is frequently dropped from surnames of this type. The Buchheim family originally lived near a beechwood. The name Buchheim is derived from the Old German words buoch, meaning beech wood, and haim, meaning enclosure or homestead. Thus, the name Buchheim indicates that the original bearer's home was located near a prominent beech wood.

Early Origins of the Buchheim family

The surname Buchheim was first found in Austria, where the name Buchheim contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation through its participation in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years, the name branched into many houses, where each continued to play a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Buchheim family

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Buchheim Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Buchheim include Buchheim, Bucheim, Buchheime, Buckheimer, Buckheim, Bukkheim, Buechheim, Buecheim, Buechheime, Bueckeimer, Bueckheim, Buekkheim, Beuchheim, Beucheim, Beuchheime, Beuckheim and many more.

Early Notables of the Buchheim family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Buchheim family

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Buchheim were Conrad Buckheimer who arrived in Maryland in 1848; and other settlers who traveled to the New World and settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries..


Contemporary Notables of the name Buchheim (post 1700) +

  • Lothar-Guenther Buchheim (1918-2007), German author, painter, and art collector, best known for his novel "Das Boot" (1973)
  • Rudolf Buchheim (1820-1879), German pharmacologist, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Giessen


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