Eger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Eger family was in the German state of Bavaria. Eger is a local name for a person who lived by the river Eger, located near Bopfingen or in the city of Egerer in Bavaria.

Early Origins of the Eger family

The surname Eger was first found in Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. There is a river named Eger which flows by Bopfingen, a town of Egern near Rottach, and a city Egerer in Bavaria.

Early History of the Eger family

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Eger 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 Eger include Eger, Egerer, Egere, Egermann, Egerman, Egern and others.

Early Notables of the Eger family (pre 1700)

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United States Eger migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eger or a variant listed above:

Eger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Eger, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Jacob Eger, aged 25, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Bernard Eger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Jacob Eger, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Michall Eger, aged 23, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Eger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eugene Eger, who settled in New York City in 1832
  • Jakob Eger, who arrived in America in 1852 [1]
  • Maria Eger, who arrived in North America in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eger (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Albert Eger Brown (1889-1984), American Commanding General Northern Military District, 6th Army (1948-1949) [2]
  • Eger Vaughan Murphree (1898-1962), American chemist, best known for his co-invention of the process of fluid catalytic cracking, recipient of the Perkin Medal in 1950

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Albert Brown. Retrieved from on Facebook
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