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The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Waldenberg. 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 created in the Rhineland was the local name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of the village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, was used with local names. The surname Waldenberg was given to someone who lived at the weald, near a wood or wasteland. In Silesia, a town named Waldenburg was erected in 1426. Waldenberg 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.

Waldenberg Early Origins



The surname Waldenberg was first found in the regions of the Rhineland and Westphalia, 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.

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Waldenberg Spelling Variations


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Waldenberg 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 Waldenberg include Waldenberg, Waldenberg, Waldenburger, Waldenberger and many more.

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Waldenberg Early History


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Waldenberg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waldenberg research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1810, 1853, 1649 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Waldenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Waldenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Waldenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the name Waldenberg 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 Waldenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Waldenberg, or one of its variants above: 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.

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Waldenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waldenberg 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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