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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the name Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer 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, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Oppenheimer was a name for someone who lived in the region of Oppenheim in the town of Hesse, between Mainz and Worms. Oppenheimer 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. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Oppenheimer Early Origins



The surname Oppenheimer was first found in the Rhineland, where the name Oppenheim was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society that became prominent throughout Europe. The name later emerged as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches that become noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Oppenheimer Spelling Variations


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Oppenheimer 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 Oppenheimer include Oppenheim, Openheim, Oppennheim, Opennheim, Oppenheime, Oppenheimm, Oppenheimer and many more.

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Oppenheimer Early History


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Oppenheimer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oppenheimer research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1867 is included under the topic Early Oppenheimer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oppenheimer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oppenheimer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Oppenheimer 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



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Oppenheimer, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Oppenheimer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Oppenheimer, who landed in America in 1830
  • Joel Oppenheimer, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Simon Oppenheimer, aged 55, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Charles Oppenheimer, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Amalie Oppenheimer, aged 20, landed in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oppenheimer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oppenheimer (post 1700)



  • Gerald J. Oppenheimer (1922-2016), born Julius Oppenheimer, a German-born, American librarian and scholar, Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington (1963-1987)
  • Lillian Rose Vorhaus Kruskal Oppenheimer (1898-1992), American origami pioneer
  • Kay Oppenheimer, American politician, Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (2006-)
  • Joshua Lincoln Oppenheimer (b. 1974), American film director
  • Joel Lester Oppenheimer (1930-1988), American poet associated with both the Black Mountain poets and the New York School
  • Jessurun James "Jess" Oppenheimer (1913-1988), American radio and television writer, producer, and director, head writer of the CBS sitcom I Love Lucy
  • Daniel M. Oppenheimer, American associate professor of psychology at the UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Damon T. Oppenheimer (b. 1962), American Vice President and Director of Amateur Scouting for the New York Yankees
  • Ben R. Oppenheimer, American astrophysicist, curator of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Alan Oppenheimer (b. 1930), American character actor and voice actor
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. 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).
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    The Oppenheimer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oppenheimer 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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