Fichter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Fichter family. The Fichter surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in the medieval township named Fichten. This township was located near the Fichtel mountains in the south-east of Germany. Although the original bearer of this name was born in Fichten, this family migrated to Franconia and Bavaria during the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Fichter family
The surname Fichter was first found in Franconia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Fichter family
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Fichter Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Fichter include Fichte, Fichten, Fichter, Fichterle, Fichtel, Ficht, Fichtl and many more.
Early Notables of the Fichter family (pre 1700)
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Fichter migration to the United States +
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fichter or a variant listed above:
Fichter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anna Maria Fichter, who arrived in America in 1744
- Heinr Fichter, who arrived in America in 1771
- Heinrich Fichter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1771
- Johann Leonhard Fichter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1772
Fichter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Fichter, who arrived in Ohio sometime between 1809 and 1852
- Albert Fichter, who settled in America in 1817
- Martin Fichter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 
- Alfred Fichter, who settled in New York, NY in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Fichter (post 1700) +
- Joseph W. Fichter (d. 1989), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940, 1964 
- Robert Witten Fichter (b. 1939), American photographer from Fort Myers, Florida
- John W. Fichter (1935-2014), American politician, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1993-2006)
- Hermann Emil Fichter (1845-1912), German-born, American soldier who served with the 3rd U.S. Cavalry during the Apache Wars, one of five men to receive the Medal of Honor for gallantry battling the Apache Indians in 1871
- Friedrich Fichter (1869-1952), Swiss professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Basel
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html