The ancient German region of the Rhineland
, gave birth to the family name of Winterer. At first, people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames
in the Rhineland
. Among the most common forms of surname found in the Rhineland
are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Winterer was a name for a person of a sad or melancholy nature. The surname Winterer originally derived from the Old German word "wintar" or "wintra" which literally referred to a "wet season."
Early Origins of the Winterer family
The surname Winterer was first found in the Rhineland
, especially the provinces of Westphalia
and the Palatinate, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Winterer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winterer research.Another 437 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1793, 1768, 1770, 1681, 1799 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Winterer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Winterer 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 Winterer include Winter, Winters, Winterer, Wintere, Winterle and many more.
Early Notables of the Winterer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Winterer 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 Winterer were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Winterer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Winterer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 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)
The Winterer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Majorum servari virtute
Motto Translation: The greater the power of the observed