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 Dederick. 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 Dederick family.
Early Origins of the Dederick family
The surname Dederick 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 Dederick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dederick research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1816 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Dederick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dederick 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 Dederick 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 Dederick family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Dederick 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 Dederick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dederick 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 Dedericks to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Dederick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ann Dederick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Dederick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- F. Dederick, who arrived in New York City in 1823
Dederick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Michael Dederick U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1786 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Dederick (post 1700)
- Levi Dederick, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 19th District, 1890; Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1900 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html