Heinrichs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The historic German region of Prussia was the original home of the name Heinrichs. Heinrichs was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, which often used the prefix "von," meaning "of" or "from," in some cases a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common type of German hereditary surname. Heinrichs was a name for someone who lived in many places throughout Prussia. The surname Heinrichs 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 Heinrichs family

The surname Heinrichs 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 Heinrichs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heinrichs research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1760, 1631, 1654, 1805, 1781 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Heinrichs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heinrichs Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Heinrichs 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 Heinrichs family (pre 1700)

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United States Heinrichs migration to the United States +

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:

Heinrichs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Heinrichs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 [1]
Heinrichs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Heinrichs, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1871 [1]
  • Joseph Heinrichs, who arrived in Arkansas in 1872 [1]
  • Marie Heinrichs, aged 28, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [1]
  • Helena Heinrichs, aged 16, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [1]
  • Jacob Heinrichs, aged 18, who landed in Nebraska in 1874 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Heinrichs migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heinrichs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Heinrichs, who landed in Manitoba in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Heinrichs (post 1700) +

  • April Heinrichs (b. 1964), American soccer player, the first female player inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Herman Heinrichs, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900 [2]
  • Jason Heinrichs (b. 1970), Canadian musical producer
  • Erik Heinrichs (1890-1965), Finnish general, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Adolphos Heinrich Julius Carl "Dolph" Heinrichs (1883-1967), Australian ruler footballer

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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