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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Gottfried family. Gottfried is a local name. Gottfried is a name for someone who 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.

Gottfried Early Origins



The surname Gottfried 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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Gottfried Spelling Variations


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Gottfried Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Gottfried include Gottfried, Godfreed, Gotfried, Gottfreed, Gottfrieden and many more.

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Gottfried Early History


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Gottfried Early History



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

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Gottfried Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gottfried Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gottfried 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



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Gottfrieds to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Gottfried Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Gottfried, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Johann Georg Gottfried arrived in Philadelphia in 1744
  • Johan Georg Gottfried, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774

Gottfried Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Gottfried, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • Alex Gottfried, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • Anton Gottfried, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Elis Gottfried, who landed in America in 1866
  • Anne Marie Gottfried, who landed in America in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gottfried (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gottfried (post 1700)



  • Martin Gottfried (1933-2014), American critic, columnist and author
  • Richard N. Gottfried, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1971-2001; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984
  • Edward Gottfried, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Truxillo, 1889-98
  • Byron Stuart Gottfried (b. 1934), prominent American engineer
  • Gilbert Gottfried (b. 1955), American stand-up comedian and actor
  • Mark Frederick Gottfried (b. 1964), American men's college basketball coach
  • Keith E. Gottfried (b. 1966), American lawyer, served as General Counsel for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2005
  • Brian Edward Gottfried (b. 1952), retired American tennis player who won 25 singles titles and 54 doubles titles
  • Paul Edward Gottfried (b. 1941), Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College
  • John Charles Gottfried (1917-1980), Canadian politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    The Gottfried Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gottfried 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 10:55.

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