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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Dieffenbach surname. Dieffenbach was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Dieffenbach was a name for someone who lived in the village of Tiefendorff in Bavaria. 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.

Dieffenbach Early Origins



The surname Dieffenbach 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.

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Dieffenbach Spelling Variations


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Dieffenbach 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 Dieffenbach include Diefenbach, Tiefenbach, Tieffenbach, Tiefenback, Dieffenback, Diefenbacker, Diefenbaecker, Diefenbaeker, Diefenbacher, Dieffenbach, Diepenback, Diepenbecker, Diefenbecker, Deefenback, Diefebacher and many more.

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Dieffenbach Early History


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Dieffenbach Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dieffenbach research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1620, 1653, 1737, and 1776 are included under the topic Early Dieffenbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dieffenbach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dieffenbach Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the name Dieffenbach 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 Dieffenbach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Dieffenbach, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Dieffenbach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Dieffenbach, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Michael Dieffenbach (Tiefenbach) settled in Maryland in 1760
  • Balthasar Dieffenbach, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764

Dieffenbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sabine Dieffenbach, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Georg Dieffenbach and Sabine Dieffenbach both settled in Texas in 1845
  • Peter Dieffenbach, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dieffenbach (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dieffenbach (post 1700)



  • Henry Dieffenbach, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 5th District, 1928
  • Frederick Dieffenbach, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1904
  • Fred Dieffenbach Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1916
  • Joseph Dieffenbach (1796-1863), German gardener, best known for developing Dieffenbachia, a genus of tropical flowering plants
  • Georg Christian Dieffenbach (1822-1901), German poet and theologian
  • Johann Karl Ernst Dieffenbach (1811-1855), German physician, geologist and naturalist, the first trained scientist to live and work in New Zealand

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Citations


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    Other References

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    2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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    The Dieffenbach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dieffenbach Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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