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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Gotfried family. The Gotfried surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but eventually gained a significant reputation for their contribution to the region's medieval society.

Gotfried Early Origins



The surname Gotfried was first found in Bavaria, 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.

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Gotfried Spelling Variations


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Gotfried 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 Gotfried include Gottfried, Godfreed, Gotfried, Gottfreed, Gottfrieden and many more.

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Gotfried Early History


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Gotfried Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gotfried research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 121 and 1210 are included under the topic Early Gotfried History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gotfried Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gotfried Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gotfried 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 Gotfried or a variant listed above:

Gotfried Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan, Gotfried Sr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748

Gotfried Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Gotfried, aged 70, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Erasmus Gotfried, aged 70, landed in New York, NY in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gotfried (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gotfried (post 1700)



  • Susan Gotfried, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984

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Gotfried Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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    The Gotfried Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gotfried 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 October 2015 at 10:54.

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