The prestigious family surname Burnwits originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia
. In the 19th century, this state was virtually unrivalled militarily, and its rapid industrial growth made it a contender for economic superiority in Europe as well. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Burnwits family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia
, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Burnwits family
The surname Burnwits was first found in Brandenburg, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Burnwits family
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Burnwits 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 Burnwits include Bernewitz, Bernwitz, Bernwitts, Bernwitz, Burnwitz, Bernewitze, Bernwitze, Barnewitz, Bernewits, Bernwits, Bernwitts, Burnewits, Burnewitts, Burnwits and many more.
Early Notables of the Burnwits family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burnwits family to the New World and Oceana
The state of Prussia
was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany
. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Burnwitss to arrive in North America, and among them were: Theodore Barnewitz, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851; and other people who arrived on the eastern coast of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries..