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Where did the German Fenstermacher family come from? What is the German Fenstermacher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fenstermacher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fenstermacher family history?

The roots of the distinguished German surname Fenstermacher lie in the former kingdom of Bohemia. The name can be literally translated as "window maker," and was likely initially used to identify someone who practiced this occupation.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Fenstermacher, Fenstermaker, Venstermeker, Fenstermann, Fenster, Fensterlin, Venster, Venstermaker, Fensterer, Fenstermacker, Fenstenmacher and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the earliest known documents recording the use of the name have been found. The earliest known bearer of the name was Fensterlin, who was living in Bohemia in 1390. The young Fenstermacher family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Bohemian society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fenstermacher research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1440, 1492, and 1669 are included under the topic Early Fenstermacher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fenstermacher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fenstermacher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Philip Fenstermacher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Wilhelm Fenstermacher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Jakob Fenstermacher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Matheis Fenstermacher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Mathias Fenstermacher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738


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  • Frank Fenstermacher, German musician, best known for his work with Der Plan, a German electronic music group from Düsseldorf formed in 1979


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