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Early Origins of the Goethe family

The surname Goethe was first found in Thuringia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Goethe family

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Goethe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goethe, Goeth, Gothe, Gotthe, Gotha, Goethel and others.

Early Notables of the Goethe family (pre 1700)

Notable members of the surname Goethe in this period were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), "Germany's Shakespeare" and her greatest author. He was elevated to the nobility at the request of...
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Migration of the Goethe family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Bernhart Goth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1751; Carl Goeth came to Texas in 1852; as well as Ernst Goeth with his wife and two children. Christian Goethel arrived in Philadelphia in 1853. Marie Christiane Gothe came to America in 1859..

Contemporary Notables of the name Goethe (post 1700)

  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe, German poet, novelist, dramatist, humanist, scientist, theorist, painter, and for ten years Chief minister of State for the Duchy of Weimar

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