Dittmer 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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In the United States, the name Dittmer is the 9,457th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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
Dittmer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dittmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century