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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Winkelmann. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Winkelmann family.


The surname Winkelmann was first found in the province of the Voigtland, where the name contributed greatly to the development of this emerging nation which would later take an important part in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Chronicles first mention a Hans Winkelman of Breslau in Silesia in 1360, but the oldest branches of the family can be traced back to the Voigtland which later became a province of Prussia.

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 Winkelmann include Winckelmann, Winkelmann, Winkelman, Winckelman and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winkelmann research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1625, 1717, 1721, 1768, and 1786 are included under the topic Early Winkelmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winkelmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Winkelmanns to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Winkelmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • J Heinrich Winkelmann, who arrived in America in 1783

Winkelmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ehlert Winkelmann, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Theodor Anton Winkelmann, who arrived in America in 1833
  • Eleonore Winkelmann, who arrived in America in 1836
  • Anna Luise Winkelmann, aged 51, arrived in America in 1843
  • Char Winkelmann, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • ...

  • Jennette R. Winkelmann, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Austin, Indiana, 1914-21, 1933-42 (acting, 1933-34)
  • Hermann Winkelmann, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 4th District, 2002
  • Colin Winkelmann (1976-2005), professional freestyle BMX rider
  • Eduard Winkelmann (1838-1896), German historian
  • Hermann Winkelmann (1849-1912), German tenor from the Duchy of Brunswick, sang Wagner roles in Vienna and created Parsifal at Bayreuth (1882)
  • Stefan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghini

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    The Winkelmann Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Winkelmann 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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