The Eisaenhofen family originated in Bavaria
. As hereditary surnames
were adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Eisaenhofen is an occupational
name for a ironworker or a smith. The distinguished name Eisaenhofen is derived from the German word "isen," and the Old German word "isan," which mean "iron." This is also a nickname
for a person with a strong will. The second portion of this name, reveals that the original bearer of this name resided in a small settlement. This part of the name is derived from the Old German word "hof," which means settlement, farm or court.
Early Origins of the Eisaenhofen family
The surname Eisaenhofen was first found in Bavaria
, where the family Eisenhofen earned a significant reputation for its contributions to the region's medieval society. Later the family became more prominent as different branches of the same house acquired distant estates. Eisenhut is a mountain in the Central Eastern Alps in Austria
and Eisenhut in German literally translates as "iron hat." It was a term frequently used for what is better known as a kettle hat, a type of helmet made of steel in the shape of a brimmed hat. They were common throughout Medieval Europe, but later fell out of favor. They made a comeback in World War I when the British and the U.S. used a variation of the design. In the latter case, they were known as the Brodie helmet.
Early History of the Eisaenhofen family
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Eisaenhofen 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 Eisaenhofen include Eisenhofen, Eisenhoffen, Eissenhofen, Eissenhoffen, Eysenhofen, Eyssenhofen, Eisenhofer, Eisenhoffer, Eisenhofel, Eisenhofere, Eissenhoffer, Eisenhoffel, Eisenhoffere, Eisenhoffer, Eissenhoffere and many more.
Early Notables of the Eisaenhofen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eisaenhofen family to the New World and Oceana
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 Eisaenhofen or a variant listed above: Magdalena Eisenhofer who arrived in St. Mary, Pennsylvania in 1847; along with other settlers who arrived and established themselves on the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries..