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

Dittmer Early Origins



The surname Dittmer 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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Dittmer Spelling Variations


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Dittmer 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 Dittmer 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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Dittmer Early History


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Dittmer Early History



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

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Dittmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dittmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dittmer 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 Dittmer family to immigrate North America:

Dittmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Friedr Dittmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • John Hermann Dittmer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Maryland in 1839
  • Conrad Dittmer arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Conrad Dittmer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • J E C Dittmer, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dittmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emma Dittmer, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Berlin, Germany, in 1909
  • Frida Dittmer, aged 16, who settled in America from Fordon, Germany, in 1909
  • Dorette Dittmer, aged 28, who landed in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1920
  • Ernst Dittmer, aged 26, who landed in America from Sterkrade, Germany, in 1922
  • Anna Dittmer, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Seeinfeld, Hannover, Germany, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dittmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Carl Adolph Wilhelm Dittmer, aged 50, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dittmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dittmer (post 1700)



  • John Dittmer, American historian, and Professor Emeritus of DePauw University
  • Donald Charles Dittmer (b. 1927), American educator
  • John Douglas "Jack" Dittmer (b. 1928), American former Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1952 to 1957
  • Harry L. Dittmer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1948
  • Edward J. Dittmer, American politician, Mayor of Claremont, California, 1959
  • Anja Dittmer (b. 1975), Germany triathlete, four-time Olympian, 1999 European Champion and 2006 European vice Champion
  • Andreas Dittmer (b. 1972), German eleven-time gold, five-time silver and eleven-time bronze medalist sprint canoer, four-time Olympic champion
  • Felix Cyril Sigismund Dittmer (1904-1977), Australian politician, Senator for Queensland (1959-1971), Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Mount Gravatt (1950-1957)
  • Tim Dittmer (b. 1984), English professional footballer

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Dittmer Historic Events


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Dittmer Historic Events




Flight 191

  • W Dittmer, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

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Dittmer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dittmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dittmer 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 January 2016 at 15:13.

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