Prussia, a place renowned for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Haidenreiche family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Haidenreiche family
Prussia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Heidenreich 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 Haidenreiche family
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Haidenreiche Spelling Variations
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 Haidenreiche include Heidenreich, Heiddenreich, Heidenrreich, Heidenreiche, Heiddenreiche, Heidenrreiche, Heydenreich, Heyddenreich, Heydenrreich, Heydenreiche, Heyddenrreich, Heydenrreiche, Heydenreick, Haidenreich, Haidenreick, Haidenreiche, Haydenreich, Haydenreicke and many more.
Early Notables of the Haidenreiche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haidenreiche family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Haidenreiche or a variant listed above: Johann Heydenreich who arrived in America in 1782; Fritz Heidenreich who, accompanied by his wife and his sister Johanna, arrived in New Jersey in 1854.
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