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By and large, hereditary surname were formed in Germany when most of the German states were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. A common form of surnames found in Germany are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Ditmars was a name for a person who was famous among the people. The name Ditmars is the German form of the Latin name Theudoricus and it is composed of the Old German word "diot," which in modern German is volk and means people or race, and the Old German word "mar," which means popular, famous, or big. Ditmar is also a local type of surname that comes from Dittmarsdorf in the province of Schlesen. The name Ditmars was very popular during medieval times and the family emerged as members of the aristocratic gentry class in the Middle Ages.

Ditmars Early Origins



The surname Ditmars was first found in Germany, where in ancient times the name Ditmar made important contributions to the advancement of feudal society. In later years the name branched into many different houses, some of whom played a significant role in the local social and political affairs of the late Middle Ages.

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Ditmars Spelling Variations


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Ditmars 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 Ditmars include Ditmar, Ditmars, Dittmar, Dittmars, Dittmer, Dittmers, Ditmer, Dietmar, Dithmar, Dettmer, Detmer, Diemer, Detmers, Dismar, Dismer, Dittmayer, Diesmar, Diesmer and many more.

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Ditmars Early History


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Ditmars Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ditmars research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1814 is included under the topic Early Ditmars History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ditmars Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ditmars Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ditmars Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Ditmarss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Ditmars Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Jansen Ditmars, who settled in America in 1650
  • Jan Ditmars, who landed in America in 1650
  • Jan Jansen Ditmars, who arrived in America in 1650

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ditmars (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ditmars (post 1700)



  • W. D. Ditmars, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Ohio convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Abram D. Ditmars, American politician, Mayor of Long Island City, New York, 1870-71, 1875
  • Raymond Ditmars, American herpetologist
  • Abram D Ditmars, two-time mayor of Long Island City in Queens
  • Ivan Ditmars, music writer for Roger Ramjet

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Ditmars Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ditmars 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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