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Horstmann is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names came to Germany with other types of hereditary surnames after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It was an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes taken as a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived near or in a hurst, which is a wood or thicket. Thus, Horstmann is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Horstmann Early Origins



The surname Horstmann was first found in Westphalia, where the name Horst contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation. The name appears in chronicles of 1292, which place Berthold von der Horst, a knight, at the family seat in the county of Recklingshausen. They eventually formed three main lines of descent: the von der Horst zu Horst, von der Horst zum Hauss und zu Milsen, and von der Horst zu Mudlinghoven und Hellenbruch. The names of these lines come from the intermarriage with the Hauss family, or from the name of the estates in their possession.

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Horstmann Spelling Variations


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Horstmann 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 Horstmann include Horst, Horste, Horsst, Horsste, Horest, Horeste, Horstt and many more.

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Horstmann Early History


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Horstmann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horstmann research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1664 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Horstmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Horstmann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Horstmann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horstmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Horstmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Horstmann, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Horstmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dietr Horstmann, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Anna Horstmann, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Albert Horstmann, who came to America in 1833
  • Albert Horstmann, who landed in America in 1833
  • Johan Horstmann, who arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Horstmann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Horstmann (post 1700)



  • Ken Horstmann (b. 1971), American film and television director
  • Oscar Theodore Horstmann (1891-1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1917 to 1919
  • Roy Joseph Horstmann (1910-1998), American NFL football running back who played from 1933 to 1934
  • Ignatius Frederick Horstmann (1840-1908), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Cleveland (1892-1908)
  • Dorothy Millicent Horstmann (1911-2001), American epidemiologist, virologist and pediatrician, the first woman appointed as a professor at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Gustav Horstmann, German clockmaker who designed the world's first micrometer with an accuracy greater than 1/10000 of an inch, father of Sidney Horstmann
  • Ulrich Horstmann (b. 1949), German literary scholar and writer who used the pseudonym Klaus Steintal, awarded the Kleist Prize in 1988
  • Sidney Adolph Horstmann OBE (1881-1962), British automotive engineer and businessman, founder of the Horstman company (now Horstman Defence Systems Ltd) in 1913
  • Kai Horstmann (b. 1981), English rugby union player

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    Other References

    1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    11. ...

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