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Multiple Origins for the Surname Wittmann


German


The name Wittmann 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 others using the same personal (first) name. Local names derived from place 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. Wittmann was a name for some one lived in the area that was referred to as widem which was originally derived from the German word denoting church property. Thus the estates or farms lived in by the original bearers of the surname were owned by the church. In early times the Church was the largest landowner in Europe. Many farmers and peasants alike lived on land that was considered church property.

Wittmann Early Origins



The surname Wittmann was first found in the Palatinate in the Rhineland valley, 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 branched into many houses, and many leaders sought their support in their search for power.

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Wittmann Spelling Variations


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Wittmann 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 Wittmann include Widmann, Widman, Widemann, Wideman, Witmann, Witman, Wittmann, Wittman, Whitman and many more.

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Wittmann Early History


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Wittmann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wittmann research. Another 398 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1638, 1639, 1642, 1646, 1667, 1675, 1687, 1712, 1719, 1724, 1730, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Wittmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wittmann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wittmann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wittmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Wittmann were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Wittmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Martin Wittmann, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johan Georg Wittmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Georg Adam Wittmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Walter Wittmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Charles Henri Wittmann, who landed in America in 1777-1783

Wittmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ernst W Wittmann, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832
  • Joh Franz Wittmann, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Anna Wittmann, who arrived in America in 1844-1845
  • Auguste Wittmann, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Margaretha Wittmann, who landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wittmann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Leonhard Wittmann, who landed in Quebec in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wittmann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wittmann (post 1700)



  • Michael Wittmann (1914-1944), World War II German tank commander, recipient of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
  • Jürgen Wittmann (b. 1966), German football coach
  • Heinz Wittmann (b. 1943), German football player
  • Heinz-Günter Wittmann (1927-1990), German biochemist known for his research in ribosomes
  • Fritz Wittmann (b. 1933), German politician
  • Henri Wittmann (b. 1937), Canadian ling Uist from Quebec
  • Franz Wittmann Jr. (1983-1987), Austrian rally driver, co-winner of the 1987 Rally New Zealand
  • Franz Wittmann Sr. (1950-1987), Austrian rally driver, co-winner of the 1987 Rally New Zealand
  • Franz Wittmann (1869-1932), Hungarian electrical engineer and physicist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Wittmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wittmann 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:16.

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