The German state of Prussia
, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Dederichs. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Dederichs family.
Early Origins of the Dederichs family
The surname Dederichs was first found in Prussia
, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name was made famous during the Middle Ages through the folk hero Dietrich von Bern, and the Dietrich-sagas which stem from the life of the Gothic King Theoderich the Great. The prefix "ded," "did," "died," "diet," or "diot" means people, nation, or folk, while the ending "Reich" means realm.
Early History of the Dederichs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dederichs research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1816 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Dederichs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dederichs 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 Dederichs include Dederich, Dederick, Dedereich, Dederichs, Dedericks, Dedereichs, Dedrich, Dedrick, Dedreich, Diederich, Diederick, Diedereich, Diederichs, Diedericks, Diedereichs, Didrich, Didrick, Didreich, Dhederich, Dhederick, Dhedereich, Thederich, Thederick and many more.
Early Notables of the Dederichs family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Dederichs during this time period were Christoph Leopold Diederichs, who was the justice advisor and member of the state council of Prussia
. Carl Anton Diederichs was the city director to Herford. Bernhard Carl Diederichs was president... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dederichs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dederichs 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 Dederichss to arrive in North America, and among them were: Hans Diederick, who arrived in New York City with his wife Grietje Warnaerts Diederick in 1664. Conrad, Anna Margreta, Anna Maria, Catarenia, Elizabeth, and Maria Christina Dederich in came to America in 1789.