The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Defenbach. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname created in the Rhineland
was the local
name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of the village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, was used with local names. The surname Defenbach was given to someone who lived in the village of Tiefendorff
. The original bearer of this name was from Tiefendorff and the name was adopted by the family after they migrated to the Rhineland
. During the Middle Ages, surnames were often derived from the village, city, region or state of the first person who used the name.
Early Origins of the Defenbach family
The surname Defenbach was first found in the Rhineland
, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Chronicles first mention Heinrich Diefenbach of Heidelberg in 1200.
Early History of the Defenbach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defenbach research.Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1620, 1653, 1737, and 1776 are included under the topic Early Defenbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Defenbach Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Defenbach include Diefenbach, Tiefenbach, Tieffenbach, Tiefenback, Dieffenback, Diefenbacker, Diefenbaecker, Diefenbaeker, Diefenbacher, Dieffenbach, Diepenback, Diepenbecker, Diefenbecker, Deefenback, Diefebacher and many more.
Early Notables of the Defenbach family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Defenbach during this period were Rudolf von Tiefenbach (1582-1653), Habsburgian military leader who lead the 1st Division of the Imperial Army in 1620; Johann Christian Tieffenbach, who was ennobled in... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Defenbach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Defenbach family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Defenbach, or one of its variants above:
Defenbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Defenbach, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Defenbach (post 1700)
- Byron Defenbach, American Republican politician, Idaho State Treasurer, 1927-31 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html