Show ContentsDittmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Dittmer family

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.

Early History of the Dittmer family

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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.

Early Notables of the Dittmer family (pre 1700)

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Dittmer Ranking

In the United States, the name Dittmer is the 9,457th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Dittmer migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • John Hermann Dittmer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Maryland in 1839 [2]
  • Conrad Dittmer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [2]
  • J E C Dittmer, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Mr. Dittmer, who arrived in America in 1851 [2]
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Dittmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma Dittmer, aged 23, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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.)

Australia Dittmer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dittmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Carl Adolph Wilhelm Dittmer, aged 50, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Contemporary Notables of the name Dittmer (post 1700) +

  • Harry L. Dittmer, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1948 [3]
  • Edward J. Dittmer, American politician, Mayor of Claremont, California, 1959 [3]
  • 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
  • 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

Flight 191
  • W Dittmer (d. 1979), American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [4]

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