A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Heiddenreiche, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of 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 Heiddenreiche 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 Heiddenreiche family
The surname Heiddenreiche was first found in 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 Heiddenreiche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heiddenreiche research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1803, 1638 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Heiddenreiche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heiddenreiche 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 Heiddenreiche 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 Heiddenreiche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heiddenreiche family to the New World and Oceana
Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia
. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: 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.