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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.

Fichter Early Origins



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.

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Fichter Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fichter Early History


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Fichter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fichter research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1646, 1762, 1796, 1814, 1817, and 1879 are included under the topic Early Fichter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fichter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fichter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fichter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 came to Philadelphia in 1771
  • Johann Leonhard Fichter came to 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fichter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fichter (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Joseph W. Fichter (d. 1989), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940, 1964
  • Friedrich Fichter (1869-1952), Swiss professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Basel

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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    The Fichter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fichter 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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