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A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Heidenreiche, 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 Heidenreiche 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.

Heidenreiche Early Origins



The surname Heidenreiche 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.

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Heidenreiche Spelling Variations


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Heidenreiche 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 Heidenreiche include Heidenreich, Heiddenreich, Heidenrreich, Heidenreiche, Heiddenreiche, Heidenrreiche, Heydenreich, Heyddenreich, Heydenrreich, Heydenreiche, Heyddenrreich, Heydenrreiche, Heydenreick, Haidenreich, Haidenreick, Haidenreiche, Haydenreich, Haydenreicke and many more.

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Heidenreiche Early History


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Heidenreiche Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heidenreiche research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1803, 1638 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Heidenreiche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heidenreiche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heidenreiche Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heidenreiche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Heidenreiche 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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    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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    The Heidenreiche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heidenreiche 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 14 June 2013 at 14:56.

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