personal name Bertwald, composed of the elements "berht," meaning "bright," and "wald," meaning "rule."
Early Origins of the Bartelemäus family
Bavaria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The name is associated with the famous Saint Bartholomaeus (St. Bartholomew,) who was one of the Apostles.
Early History of the Bartelemäus family
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Early Notables of the Bartelemäus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bartelemäus family to the New World and Oceana
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: Bernhard Bartels, age 21; who arrived in Texas in 1845; as did Maria Bartels in the same year; Cornelis Bartels came to New Netherlands (New York) in 1660.
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