The name Dopner, which is a local
surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Thuringia. In the Holy Roman Empire
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and, after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. In addition, when coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. Many people, such as the Dopner family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational
name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Dopner was an occupational name for a potter. This name was originally derived from the word "toepfer," which meant potter.
Early Origins of the Dopner family
The surname Dopner was first found in Thuringia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation. One source claims the literal meaning of the name comes from the German word "Toepfer," meaning potter.
Early History of the Dopner family
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Dopner Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Doebner, Dobner, Doepner, Dobener, Doberner, Dabner, Dabnar, Dabnir and many more.
Early Notables of the Dopner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dopner family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Frances Dobner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1823; Johann Christ Doebner settled in Texas in 1845; as did John Doebner, age 63 in 1845.
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