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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 Dittmar was a name for a person who was famous among the people. The name Dittmar 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 Dittmar was very popular during medieval times and the family emerged as members of the aristocratic gentry class in the Middle Ages.

Dittmar Early Origins



The surname Dittmar 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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Dittmar Spelling Variations


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Dittmar 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 Dittmar 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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Dittmar Early History


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Dittmar Early History



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

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Dittmar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dittmar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dittmar 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



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dittmar family to immigrate North America:

Dittmar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henri Dittmar, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Dittmar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Dittmar, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Geo C Dittmar, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • George Dittmar arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845
  • Martin Dittmar, his wife C. Oschweiler and their 5 children settled in Texas in 1845
  • George G Dittmar, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dittmar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dittmar (post 1700)



  • Trudy Dittmar (b. 1944), American nature writer, and essayist
  • Robert L. Dittmar (b. 1931), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ravenswood, West Virginia, 1981-83; Member of West Virginia State Senate 4th District, 1989-
  • Ray E. Dittmar, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives, 1992, 2006; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 29th District, 2000
  • Charles M. Dittmar, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 3rd District, 1922
  • C. J. Dittmar, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1916
  • Adam J. Dittmar, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1893
  • Heini Dittmar (1911-1960), German glider and test pilot flying the Messerschmitt Me-163 A V4 KE+SW, he became the first human to fly faster than 1,000 km/h in 1941
  • Hans Erik Dittmar (1902-1967), Finnish bronze medalist at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Chris Dittmar (b. 1964), Australian sports commentator

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    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Dittmar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dittmar 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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