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The surname Sonnenberg was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from noble beginnings gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society and its lands in the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches throughout Europe, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sonnenberg, Sonnenburg, Sonneberg, Sonneburg, Sonnenbourg, Sonnberg, Sonnburg, Sonnberger and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sonnenberg research. Another 372 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1337, 1388, 1722, and 1764 are included under the topic Early Sonnenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sonnenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sonnenberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Heinrich Sonnenberg, who arrived in America in 1780

Sonnenberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Heinrich Sonnenberg settled in Texas at the age of 38 in 1846
  • Fredk Sonnenberg, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Hermann Sonnenberg came to Philadelphia in 1856
  • Joseph Sonnenberg, who arrived in America in 1856
  • Heinr Sonnenberg, who landed in America in 1868


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  • Walter Adolf Sonnenberg (b. 1921), the dean of New College, Florida, the business manager of the American Physiology Society, was a lieutenant commander in the army, and was decorated with a Bronze Star
  • Brian Sonnenberg MD, FRCP, clinical cardiologist at the University of Alberta Hospital


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  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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The Sonnenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sonnenberg 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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