Show ContentsBuchwald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Buchwald. The name Buchwald, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Schleswig. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names 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 bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname.

Early Origins of the Buchwald family

The surname Buchwald was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile. The Buchwald family of this northern region were found in Mecklenburg, West Prussia, Silesia, and their landed property varied greatly in size; they lost and gained territory in numerous feuds with the city of Luebeck and the ruling Counts of Holstein.

Early History of the Buchwald family

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Buchwald Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Buchwald, Buchwalde, Buckwald, Buchwalder, Buchwalter and many more.

Early Notables of the Buchwald family

Notables of the time included

  • Johann Buchwald, who was bishop of Schleswig in 1309

United States Buchwald migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buchwald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christine Buchwald, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Christianne Buchwald, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 1
  • John Buchwald, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Buchwald (post 1700) +

  • Art Buchwald (1925-2007), American humorist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1982 and in 1986 was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
  • Naomi Reice Buchwald (b. 1944), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1999- 2
  • Lewis Buchwald, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1907-10 2
  • Petre Constantin Buchwald (1937-2022), Romanian politician, member of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, he served in the Senate from 1992 to 1996
  • Manuel Buchwald (b. 1940), Canadian geneticist and academic
  • Harold Buchwald (b. 1928), Canadian lawyer, made Member of the Order of Canada in 1993

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook