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

The Bumgardner surname means orchard in German, and was probably originally occupational for someone who worked in an orchard, or topographical for someone who lived in or near an orchard. There are also several villages named for this word.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Baumgarner, Baumgarten, Baumgart, Paumgarten, Baumgartel, Paumgartel, Paumgart, Bomgarten, Baumgarden, Pomgarten, Pomgarden, Baumgartner, Paumgartner, Baumgarden, Bamgardner, Bogart, Bogaard, Bogaart and many more.

First found in East Prussia, where the name came from noble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. They are believed to have been of the order of the Teutonic Knights.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bumgardner research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1712 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Bumgardner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bumgardner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Bumgardner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Peter Bumgardner, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
  • Mathias Bumgardner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Matthias Bumgardner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755

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  • John Bumgardner, American 1st post master for Dorton, Kentucky
  • Dana Bumgardner (b. 1954), American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2014-)
  • Rex Keith Bumgardner (1923-1998), American NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns in the late 1940s and early 1950s
  • Max Bumgardner (1923-2005), American NFL defensive back who played for the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions (948-1949)
  • Timothy Bumgardner, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 13th District, 1992
  • Rex Keith Bumgardner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960; Chair of Harrison County Republican Party, 1961
  • Rebecca Bumgardner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2004
  • J. Lewis Bumgardner, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 7th District, 1916; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1928, 1932; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1932
  • I. B. Bumgardner Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Pocahontas County, 1942
  • Frank B. Bumgardner, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1910-14


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The Bumgardner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bumgardner 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.

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