The Burgherr surname refers to a citizen of a borough, from the Middle High German "burc," meaning a "fortified town." As a surname, Burgherr may also come from one of the many place names in the region.
Early Origins of the Burgherr family
The surname Burgherr was first found in Austria
, where the name Burger made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The Burger family became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which occurred as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Burgherr family
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Burgherr Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Burgherr include Burger, Burgger, Burrger, Burgerr, Buerger, Buergger, Buergerr, Borger, Borgger, Borgger, Borgerr, Boerger, Boergger, Boerrger, Boergerr, Burgen, Buergen, Borgen, Boergen, Burgel, Buergel, Borgel, Boergel, Burgele, Buergele, Borgele, Boergele and many more.
Early Notables of the Burgherr family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Burgherr were Gottfried August Burger (1747-1794), German Romantic poet, who was best known for his ballad "Lenore" which was... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgherr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burgherr family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Burgherrs to arrive on North American shores: Johannes Burger who was recorded as having arrived in New Netherlands
in 1663; Evan Burgen arrived in Virginia in 1643; Philip Burgen who arrived in Maryland in 1678.