Meinhardt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the name is the southern German form "Meinhardt," which is a compound of "strength" (Mein) and "bravery" (Hardt).

Early Origins of the Meinhardt family

The surname Meinhardt was first found in Pomerania, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Chronicles first mention Meyne Meynen of Barth in Pomerania in 1415, and Heinrich Meyneking of Hanover in 1311. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Meinhardt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meinhardt research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1350, 1704, 1727, 1775, 1797, and 1851 are included under the topic Early Meinhardt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meinhardt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meinecke, Meincke, Meinke, Meineken, Meineking, Meinhard, Meinhold, Meininger, Meinart, Meinert, Meinhardt, Mein, Meine, Meinen, Meins, Meiner, Main, Mains, Mainer and many more.

Early Notables of the Meinhardt family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meinhardt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Meinhardt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meinhardt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Henrich Meinhardt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Meinhardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Meinhardt, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Philip Meinhardt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Edw A Meinhardt, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Julies Meinhardt, who arrived in Mississippi in 1848 [1]
  • John G Meinhardt, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meinhardt (post 1700) +

  • Gerek Lin Meinhardt (b. 1990), American foil fencer
  • Phil Meinhardt, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 2nd District, 1988 [2]
  • Fred C. Meinhardt (1890-1965), American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1921, 1933 [2]
  • Carl D. Meinhardt, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Chefoo, 1916-17; Canton, 1917-19; Changsha, 1921-24; U.S. Consul in Changsha, 1926; Shanghai, 1927-29; Tsinan, 1932 [2]
  • Sven Meinhardt (b. 1971), former field hockey forward from Germany
  • Meinhardt Raabe (1915-2010), American actor who portrayed the coroner of Munchkinland who certified the death of the Wicked Witch of the East in the Wizard Of Oz


  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 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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