The name Oswaldt evolved in ancient Germany
in the state of Bavaria
. It is a patronymic
name. Patronymics are derived from the given name of the father of the bearer. Names derived from the name of the mother of the bearer, which are less common, are called metronymic names. Patronymic
names were generally formed from traditional, German given names, rather than the names of saints or biblical figures, as is the custom in many other European cultures. Oswaldt comes from a famous king of Northumbria. It was popularized as a first name after King Oswald, who lived in the 7th century, and who traveled from Scotland
to southern Germany
and Tyrol as a missionary. Oswaldt had begun to be taken on as a last name by around the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Oswaldt family
The surname Oswaldt was first found in Bavaria
, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Claus Oswald of Wuerttemberg in 1493, and Hans Oschwald in 1392. The name became popular as a first name after King Oswald of Northumbria (d.642 A.D.) traveled from Scottland to southern Germany
and Tyrol as a missionary. It was taken on as a last name by around the 12th century.
Early History of the Oswaldt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oswaldt research.Another 405 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1785, 1744, 1823, 1799, 1801, 1808, 1377, 1445 and 1401 are included under the topic Early Oswaldt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oswaldt 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 Oswaldt include Oswald, Oswalde, Oswaldt, Oswaldte, Oswalt, Oswalte, Ostwald and many more.
Early Notables of the Oswaldt family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Oswaldt in this period include Oswald von Wolkenstein (1377-1445), who was of knightly birth from Tyrol. A restless and energetic man, he ran away from home at the age of 10 to become a minstrel. He wandered... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oswaldt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oswaldt family to the New World and Oceana
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 provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Oswaldt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Oswaldt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)