Eichdoerfer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Eichdoerfer family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Eichdoerfer is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Eichdoerfer was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where they were a noted presence in the social and cultural life of the area.
Early Origins of the Eichdoerfer family
The surname Eichdoerfer was first found in Bavaria, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Heinrich von Eichendorff, who was Governor of Lebus around 1353, and Otto von Eichendorff, who acquired the estate Pilgram between 1485 and 1499, where after his brother Peter von Eichendorff auf Petersdorff took over. It was already known in 1256 that the Eichendorff family possessed extensive and numerous estates.
Early History of the Eichdoerfer family
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Eichdoerfer Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Eichdoerfer include Eichendorff, Eichendorf, Eichentorf, Eichendorfer, Eichendoerfer, Eichendoerfler, Eichendoerffler, Eichdorff, Eichdorf, Eichtorf, Eichdorfer, Eichdoerfer, Eichdoerfler, Eichdoerffler, Eichedorff, Eichedorf, Eichetorf, Eichedorfer, Eichedoerfer, Eichedoerfler, Eichedoerffler, Eicherdorff, Eicherdorf, Eichertorf, Eicherdorfer, Eicherdoerfer, Eicherdoerfler and many more.
Early Notables of the Eichdoerfer family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Eichdoerfer in this period include Baron Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857), who was a Romantic Silesian poet, renowned for his nature poetry...
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Migration of the Eichdoerfer family
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Peter Eichendorf, who arrived in New York in 1884; Justine Eichendorf, who came to New York in 1884; Johann Eichendorf, who came to New York in 1884; and Jacob Eichendorf, who arrived in New York in 1884..
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