Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Gundelfinge is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Gundelfinge was given to someone who lived in Nuremburg, where the name Gundelfinger emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. Since the 13th century the surname was closely associated with the great social and economic advancements the territory's feudal society.
Early Origins of the Gundelfinge family
Early History of the Gundelfinge family
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Gundelfinge 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 Gundelfinge include Gundelfinger, Gundellfinger, Gundelfinge, Gundellfinge, Gunthelfinger Gunthelfinge, Guntelphinger, Guntelphinge, Gundelphinge, Gundellphinge, Gundellphinger, Gundelpinger, Gundelfingere, Gundelfingen, Gundelfingel, Gundelfingle, Gundellfingere and many more.
Early Notables of the Gundelfinge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gundelfinge family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Hans Gundelfinger who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750; John C. Gundelfinger arrived in Missouri in 1840; William C. Gundelfinger arrived in Allegheny County, Pa. in 1876.
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