Goldwater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Goldwater was first used in Austria. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Goldwater family
The surname Goldwater was first found in the region of Salzburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
Early History of the Goldwater family
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Goldwater 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 Goldwater include Gold, Golt, Goalt, Golde, Goalde, Goald and others.
Early Notables of the Goldwater family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goldwater family
Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goldwater or a variant listed above: Lorenz Gold, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Conrad Gold came to the same city in 1808; and I. Gold arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Goldwater (post 1700) +
- Marilyn Goldwater, American Democratic politician from Maryland
- Richard H. Goldwater (1936-2007), American comic book president and publisher of Archie Comics
- John L. Goldwater (1916-1999), American co-founder of MLJ Comics, later known as Archie Comics
- Robert Goldwater (1907-1973), American art historian
- Barry Morris Goldwater Jr. (1938-1969), former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives (1969 to 1983)
- Barry Morris Goldwater (1909-1998), United States Senator and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Michael Goldwater (1821-1903), American politician, Mayor of Prescott, Arizona, 1885 
- Marilyn R. Goldwater, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 16; Elected 1998; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2000 
- Don Goldwater (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2004 
- Barry Morris Goldwater Jr. (b. 1938), American politician, Representative from California, 1969-83; Constitution Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2008 
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