The surname Guttermann, which means "good man," was an honorary title often bestowed upon noblemen and vassals. In fact, a document from Gustow from 1306 uses the term "guder man" synonymously with vassal.
Early Origins of the Guttermann family
The surname Guttermann was first found in various regions of the Germanic empire where the name Guttermann gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. In 1251, a knight from Alsace was called Guotman "Bonus Vir" meaning "good man" in Latin. In Saxony
, Guttman was common as a knightly personal name
. One such example was Sir Guthwin von Tristewitz, the name of a father and son who were recorded in 1285. The form Guttman, was preceded in that area by the form Gutwin, as can be seen from the from town called Guttmannsdorf, that was once called Gutwinsdorf. Early records from Liegnitz show a C. Gutwyn in 1381 and C. Guttman in 1547. The Low German form of the surname is Gutermann, and records for Offenberg show a Dietrich Guterman in 1352. Gutman was also sometimes used as a forename, as in Gutman Hevenler recorded in Freiburg in 1312, and Gutman Gut recorded in Sulz in 1413.
Early History of the Guttermann family
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Guttermann Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gutmann, Gutman, Guttman, Guterman, Gutermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Guttermann family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time with the name Guttermann included the Gutmann family of Bavaria
, who were knights in the Holy Roman Empire
, and the Gutermann family of Bavaria, who were made barons in... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guttermann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guttermann family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christopher Gutman, who settled in North Carolina in 1719; captain Gutman, who was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1751; and Johann Heinrich Gutermann, who took the Oath of Allegiance in 1751 in Pennsylvania. Frederik Gutman settled in Pennsylvania in 1803.