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Where did the German Buchwald family come from? What is the German Buchwald family crest and coat of arms? When did the Buchwald family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Buchwald family history?

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.


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buchwald research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1309 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Buchwald History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Buchwald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buchwald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christine Buchwald came to Texas in 1846
  • Christianne Buchwald, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • John Buchwald came to Philadelphia in 1856


  • Naomi Reice Buchwald (b. 1944), American Federal District Judge in the Southern District of New York
  • 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
  • Manuel Buchwald (b. 1940), Canadian geneticist and academic
  • Harold Buchwald (b. 1928), Canadian lawyer, made Member of the Order of Canada in 1993


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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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  9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Buchwald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buchwald Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 February 2014 at 11:15.

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