× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016


The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Opperman. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Opperman was given to someone who lived in the region of Oppenheim in the town of Hesse, between Mainz and Worms. Opperman 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.

Opperman Early Origins



The surname Opperman 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.

Close

Opperman Spelling Variations


Expand

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

Close

Opperman Early History


Expand

Opperman Early History



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

Close

Opperman Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Opperman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Opperman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

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 the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Opperman, or one of its variants above: J. Dieterich Oppenheim, who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1753; H. Oppenheim, who came to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1828; B. Oppenheim, who came to San Francisco in 1851.

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Opperman (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name Opperman (post 1700)



  • Dwight Opperman (1924-2013), American publishing executive and philanthropist, CEO of West Publishing, a business unit of Thomson Reuters
  • George Opperman (1935-1985), American graphic artist at Atari who created the original Atari logo
  • Kalmen Opperman (1919-2010), American clarinetist
  • Jan Opperman (1939-1997), American racecar driver
  • Aloísio Roque Opperman (1936-2014), Brazilian Roman Catholic bishop, Archbishop of Uberaba
  • Ashley Opperman (b. 1983), South African football defender
  • Guy Opperman (b. 1965), British Conservative Party politician
  • Diederik Johannes Opperman (1914-1985), one of the best-known Afrikaans poet
  • Chris Opperman (b. 1978), award-winning Dutch composer
  • Frank Opperman (b. 1960), South African actor and musician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Close

Opperman Family Crest Products


Expand

Opperman Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 28 May 2016 at 20:21.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest