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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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The surname Fenstermacher was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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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  • John P. S. Fenstermacher, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 1897-1909
  • 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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    1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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