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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Kuyper family. Kuyper is a local name. Kuyper is a name for someone who lived in Nuremburg, where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.
The surname Kuyper was first found in Nuremburg, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which shaped modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.
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 Kuyper include Keypper, Keyper, Keyppen, Keyppel, Keyppele, Keyppeler, Kayper, Kaypper, Kayppel, Kayppele, Kayppeler, Kaiper, Kaipper, Kaippen, Kaippel, Kaippele, Kaippeler, Keiper, Keipper, Keippen, Keippel, Keippele, Keippeler, Keip, Keipher and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kuyper research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kuyper History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kuyper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Kuypers to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Kuyper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Kuyper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Kuyper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Kuyper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kuyper 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.
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