The name Walddenberg comes from the Rhineland
, an ancient region of Germany
. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local
names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Walddenberg was a name for some one lived at the weald,
near a wood or wasteland. In Silesia
, a town named Waldenburg was erected in 1426. Walddenberg 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.
Early Origins of the Walddenberg family
The surname Walddenberg was first found in the regions of the Rhineland
, 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 Waldenburg (or Waldenberg) became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group striving for supremacy in an ever changing territorial profile. Waldenburg is also a town of Silesia
established in 1426.
Early History of the Walddenberg family
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Walddenberg 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 Walddenberg include Waldenberg, Waldenberg, Waldenburger, Waldenberger and many more.
Early Notables of the Walddenberg family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Walddenberg during this period were Baron
Gerhard von Waldenburg, who was Privy Councellor at the court in Mainz, as well as steward, private tutor, and major-domo at Aschaffenburg. In 1649... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walddenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walddenberg family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Walddenberg were among of the early German families that came to North America: Martin Waldenberger, who came to Philadelphia in 1858; Augusta Waldberg, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1794; F.S. Waldberg, who arrived in New York city in 1822.