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The Molenaar surname is thought to have originated in Bavaria, Germany. As hereditary surnames began to be adopted in that area beginning in the 12th century, people were often identified by the kind of work they did. Molenaar is an occupational name for a miller, derived from the Old Germanic "Mulinari."

Molenaar Early Origins



The surname Molenaar was first found in Southern Germany, where they were established in the Middle Ages. The name is the German form of the Latin name "Molinarius," "Mulinari" in Old German. The modern form of the name, Mueller, is documented early on in the chronicles of Swabia, wherein the knight Conrad von Husen is noted as having become known as Mueller for his ownership of a mill.

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Molenaar Spelling Variations


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Molenaar Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Molenaar include Mueller, Muller, Mueler, Muler, Miller, Moeller, Muellner, Milner, Molner and many more.

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Molenaar Early History


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Molenaar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molenaar research. Another 477 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1693, 1670, 1752, 1807, 1631, 1675, 1779, 1829, 1828, 1815, 1758, 1749, 1825, 1806 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Molenaar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Molenaar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Molenaar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Molenaar in this period include Heinrich Müller (1631-1675) was a German devotional author, Protestant author of hymns and Lutheran theologian; Adam Heinrich Mueller (1779-1829), ennobled in 1828 as Ritter von Nittersdorf, who influenced Hegel and accompanied Metternich to Paris in 1815, Johann Matthias Mueller, a...

Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molenaar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Molenaar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Styntje Molenaar, aged 50, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Gerrit Molenaar, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1853
  • Maaike Molenaar, who arrived in Iowa in 1855
  • Pieter Molenaar, who landed in Iowa in 1855
  • Ritje Molenaar, who arrived in Iowa in 1855

Molenaar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Engel Molenaar, aged 32, who landed in America from Harlingen, in 1901
  • C. Molenaar, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Claas Molenaar, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Amsterdam, in 1904
  • Cornelis Molenaar, aged 9, who landed in America from Rotterdam, Holland, in 1910
  • Frans Molenaar, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Rotterdam, Holland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Molenaar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Molenaar (post 1700)



  • Dee Molenaar (b. 1918), American mountaineer, author of The Challenge of Rainier
  • Joan Molenaar, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Champlin, Minnesota, 2006
  • James D. Molenaar, American politician, Candidate for village President of Lansing, Illinois, 2005
  • Robert Molenaar (b. 1969), former Dutch footballer
  • Marjolijn Molenaar (b. 1983), Dutch cricketer
  • Kees "Keje" Molenaar (b. 1958), former Dutch footballer
  • Frans Molenaar (b. 1940), Dutch fashion designer
  • Beau Molenaar (b. 1985), Dutch football goalkeeper

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute ingenioque valemus
Motto Translation: We are strong because our virtue and talent


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    11. ...

    The Molenaar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Molenaar 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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