is the ancient homeland of the Spielberg family. Austria
, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire
in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria
was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths
, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria
. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne
, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria
was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria
until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Spielberg family
The surname Spielberg was first found in Austria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They had their noble seat in the 12th century at the fortified castle Spillburg on an island in the Danube river. Eberhard Spielberg sold the castle to Kaiser Rudolph I in the second half of the 13th century. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
Early History of the Spielberg family
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Spielberg Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Spielberg include Spielburg, Spielberg, Spielberger, Spielburger, Spielenberg, Spielbergen, Spillberg, Spillsberg and many more.
Early Notables of the Spielberg family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Spielberg were Adriana Spilberg (1652-1700), a Dutch Golden Age painter; and Eberhard Spielberg, a knight and a Baron
, who was the... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spielberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Spielberg family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Spielberg were
Spielberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bern Heinr Spielberg, who arrived in America in 1820 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Spielberg (post 1700)
- Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (b. 1947), American three-time Academy Award winning film director and producer, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Robin Spielberg (b. 1962), American pianist, added to the Steinway Artist Roster in 1996
- Anne Spielberg (b. 1949), American screenwriter and the sister of film director Steven Spielberg
- Larisa Spielberg (b. 1980), American bronze medalist figure skater
- Sasha Rebecca Spielberg (b. 1990), American actress, daughter of Steven Spielberg
- David Spielberg (b. 1939), American actor
- Harold Spielberg, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 10th District, 1909-11 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Christine "Christa" Spielberg (b. 1941), German Women's Discus World Record Holder (1968)
- Stephen P Spielberg MD, PhD, Dean of Dartmouth Medical School
- Nathan Spielberg, Emeritus Professor in Atlanta Georgia