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The Eichendorff family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Eichendorff 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 Eichendorff was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where they were a noted presence in the social and cultural life of the area.

Eichendorff Early Origins



The surname Eichendorff 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.

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Eichendorff Spelling Variations


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Eichendorff 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 Eichendorff 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.

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Eichendorff Early History


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Eichendorff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eichendorff research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1788, 1857 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Eichendorff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eichendorff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eichendorff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Eichendorff in this period include Baron Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857), who was a Romantic Silesian poet, renowned for his nature poetry...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eichendorff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    11. ...

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

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