Heinrich History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Heinrich comes from Prussia, a historic region that originally encompassed the coastal lands of the southeast Baltic, but over time expanded to include much of Poland and the majority of Germany. In pre-medieval times, these Prussians used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames so that they would remain distinct from the many others with the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Heinrich was a name for some one lived in many places throughout Prussia. The surname Heinrich was created from the widespread and popular Christian name Heinrich. According to some, the name comes from heim, and rich, meaning "ruler of the home."

Early Origins of the Heinrich family

The surname Heinrich was first found in Prussia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. The name became popular from its use among many Germanic Emperors and nobles. Most noted among these were Heinrich I (der Vogler) and Heinrich II, both of whom are also holy figures. Others include Heinrich VII of Luxemburg and Prince Heinrich the Lion of Brunswick. Individual bearers of the family name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Heinrich Heymrich of Kassel in 1368.

Early History of the Heinrich family

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Heinrich Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in 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 Heinrich include Heinrich, Heinreich, Heinrick, Heinricke, Heinrichs, Heinritz, Heimrich, Heimreich, Heimrick, Heimricke, Heimrichs, Heimritz, Hinerich, Hinerick, Hinereich, Hinericke, Hinerichs, Hinreich, Hinrich, Hinrick, Hinricke, Hinrichs, Hinritz, Hennerich, Hennericks, Hennereich and many more.

Early Notables of the Heinrich family (pre 1700)

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United States Heinrich migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Heinrichs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Heinrich Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Heinrich, who settled in America in 1709
  • Lorentz Heinrich, who landed in New York, NY in 1709 [1]
  • Georg Heinrich, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Georg Heinrich, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Gozmann Heinrich, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Heinrich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Heinrich, who landed in Maryland in 1821 [1]
  • Joh Dietrich Heinrich, who landed in America in 1830 [1]
  • Philipp Heinrich, who landed in America in 1832 [1]
  • Theodor Leberecht Heinrich, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]
  • Erasmus Heinrich, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Heinrich Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Ferdinand Heinrich, who landed in Wisconsin in 1908 [1]

Canada Heinrich migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heinrich Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Frederika Heinrich, aged 23, who arrived in Quebec in 1868
  • Johan Heinrich, who landed in Manitoba in 1876
  • Paul Heinrich, who landed in Manitoba in 1878
  • Isaac Heinrich, who landed in Manitoba in 1878
  • Jacob Heinrich, who arrived in Manitoba in 1878

Australia Heinrich migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heinrich Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich, aged 32, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" [2]
  • Ernst Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich, aged 19, a landmann, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Victoria"

Contemporary Notables of the name Heinrich (post 1700) +

  • Stephanie Heinrich (b. 1979), American model and actress
  • Herbert William Heinrich (1886-1962), American industrial safety pioneer
  • Bernd Heinrich (b. 1940), American professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont
  • Hartmut Heinrich (b. 1952), German marine geologist and climatologist
  • Cláudio Heinrich (b. 1972), Brazilian film and television actor
  • Carl Heinrich Knorr (1800-1875), founder of Knorr, a German food and beverage brand in Germany in 1885
  • Johann Heinrich Ramberg (1763-1840), German historical and portrait painter, draughtsman, and engraver, born at Hanover
  • Emilio Heinrich Baumgart (1889-1943), Brazilian engineer, co-founder of Odebrecht + Baumgart
  • Karl Heinrich Menges (1908-1999), German linguist specializing in Altaic languages
  • Johann Heinrich Diemer (1904-1945), Dutch biologist who was arrested by the Nazis and was sent to the Neuengamme concentration camp; he died shortly after having been liberated by the British

Bismarck
  • Rudolf Heinrich (1920-1941), German Mechanikersgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Horst Heinrich (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Gellert.htm
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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