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The Bärnholdt surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Bärnholdt 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 Bärnholdt was given to someone who lived in Franconia. The Bärnholdt family emerged as a notable family in Bavaria in the Middle Ages and became noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. During this time, when Europe was characterized by feudalism, chivalry, and knighthood, heroic battles over power and prestige were fought between the noble families. In an age of rapidly changing political and religious alliances, the Bärnholdt declared their loyalty to many different nobles and princes who sought their support in the conflicts of the day. Consequently, the Bärnholdt family made a vital contribution to the ancient German traditions of military initiation, legality, and chivalry.

Bärnholdt Early Origins



The surname Bärnholdt was first found in Franconia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Bärnholdt Spelling Variations


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Bärnholdt Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bärnholdt include Bernhold, Bernholdt, Bernholde, Bernholt, Bernehold, Berneholdt, Berneholt, Baernhold, Baernholdt, Baerenholdt, Baerenhold, Barenhold and many more.

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Bärnholdt Early History


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Bärnholdt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bärnholdt research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1742 is included under the topic Early Bärnholdt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bärnholdt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bärnholdt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bärnholdt 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: Johan Bernhold, who came to Maryland in 1772. Anton Bernhold arrived in Philadelphia in 1860.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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    The Bärnholdt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bärnholdt 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.

    This page was last modified on 31 August 2013 at 15:51.

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