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.
Early Origins of the Heidenreiche family
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.
Early History of the Heidenreiche family
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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.
Early Notables of the Heidenreiche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heidenreiche 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 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.