The ancestral home of the Damaschke family is Bavaria
. Damaschke is a local
name for a person who lived in Bavaria.
Early Origins of the Damaschke family
The surname Damaschke was first found in Bavaria
, where this surname surfaced in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century onwards the name was associated with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Damaschke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Damaschke research.Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1776, 1635, 1669, 1746, 1655, 1728, 1670, 1704, 1644, 1709, 1663 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Damaschke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Damaschke 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 Damaschke include Thoma, Thoman, Thom, Thoms, Toma, Thomas, Tomas, Thomasius, Thoeman, Thome, Thomen, Thomme, Thomm, Demel, Dehmel and many more.
Early Notables of the Damaschke family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Damaschke in this period include Frederic Count de Thoms (1669-1746), a German art collector; Peter Lorenz Thomas von Langenhardt (mid 17th century), Secretary of the Johannite Order of knights at Sonnenburg; Christian Thomas (1655-1728, known as Thomasius)... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damaschke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Damaschke family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Damaschke or a variant listed above: Matheus Thomas, who sailed for America in 1709 with his wife and daughters. Heinrich Thomas also came in 1709; settling in Carolina of Pennsylvania. Johann Philip Thoma came to Philadelphia in 1764.
Contemporary Notables of the name Damaschke (post 1700)
- Ernest C. "Dutch" Damaschke, American politician, Oneonta's Recreation Commissioner for more than thirty years, eponym of Damaschke Field (Dutch Damaschke Stadium), Oneonta, New York
- Bill Damaschke (b. 1963), American animated film producer and former chief creative officer at DreamWorks Animation
- Adolf Wilhelm Ferdinand Damaschke (b. 1865), German politician and economist