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     The only ancestor known of this lineage is my 12th great-grandmother Maria Bannheurs.  Maria was probably born circa 1555 in that area of present day Germany now known as the state of Baden-Wurttemberg.   Sometime before 1580 she married Hans Haas.  Of this union one child is known to have been born.   Maria died in 1594 and probably lived out the remainder of her days in or near the town of Eningen. 

     My lineage continues through Maria Hasen(Haas) is the daughter of Maria Banheurs.  Maria was born in the village of Dettingen an der Erms which is located about 6 kilometers from the aforementioned Eningen.  As such it is quite probable that the family of Hans and Maria (Bannheurs) Haas lived in Dettingen an der Erms and their death events are reflected in the records of the Eningen Parish which may have included both communities.

Origins of the surname

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Origins of the Surname

Research into the history of this Bannheurs family line indicates that the meaning and history of this surname is most likely linked to that area of Europe where the German* language is commonly spoken. 

 

Meaning of the Name

     It is most probable that the Bannheurs surname probably originated from a person who was a woodcutter in the forest.   This is based upon the belief  that Bannheurs is most likely the combination of the topographical name Bann and the occupational name Heuer. 

     Bann comes from the Middle High German word ban meaning an area (of fields or woods) banned from agricultural or other use, hence probably a topographic name for someone who lived by such a reserve.  For example Banwart is a German occupational name for a field or forest ranger, wart means warden thus the Middle High German name of Banwart. 

     Heuer is a variant of Hauer which in German literally means ‘cutter’ or ‘chopper’, thus an occupational name for a woodcutter, a butcher, or a stonemason.  Related to this is the German occupational name Hower from Middle High German höuwer which means ‘mower’ or, ‘hay-maker’.

 

History of the Name

First found in Bavaria, where the family was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.

 

 * German Surname Meanings & Origins

 Many German names have their roots in the Germanic middle ages. The process of forming family names began around the year 1100 and extended through 1600. All social classes and demographic strata aided in the development of names. First Names (Rufnamen) identified specific persons. Over time the first name began to be applied to the bearer's whole family. At first through verbal usage, family names (Familiennamen) were later fixed through writing. Until the 17th century, first names played a more important role. The earliest family names derived from the first name of the first bearer (Patronym). Later names derived from the place of dwelling and location of the homestead. If a person of family migrated from one place to another they were identified by the place they came from. Of more recent origin are names derived from the vocation of profession of the first bearer. These names comprise the largest group and the most easily recognizable, for they tell what the first bearer did for a living. Another group are names derived from a physical or other characteristic of the first bearer. Finally, there are names that tell you the state or region a first bearer and his family came from; the age old division in tribes and regions (low German, middle German and upper German) is often reflected in names.

 

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Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to unfold and expand often leading to an overwhelming number of variants.  As such one can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames because in early times, spelling in general and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized.  Later on spellings would change with the branching and movement of families.  Spelling variations of this family name include: Bannheuer, Banheuer, Banhower,  Bannhauer,  and many others.

 

The complexity of researching records is compounded by the fact that in many cases an ancestors surname may also have been misspelled.  This is especially true when searching census documents. The Soundex system was developed in an effort to assist with identifying spelling variations for a given surname.  Soundex is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census, and can aid genealogists in their research.  The Soundex Code for Bannheuer is B560.  Other surnames sharing this Soundex Code: Other surnames sharing this Soundex Code:
BEAMER | BEEMER | BEHYMER | BENNER | BOMAR | BOMMER | BONAR | BONNER | BOOMHOUR | .
 

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Maria BANNHEURS

Birth: c. 1555 in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Death: 11 NOV 1593 in Eningen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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Reutlingen (Eningen)

 

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     Most of these documents can be considered as primary or secondary evidence.  Primary evidence is usually defined as the best available to prove the fact in question, usually in an original document or record.  Secondary evidence is in essence all that evidence which is inferior in its origin to primary evidence. That does not mean secondary evidence is always in error, but there is a greater chance of error.  Examples of this type of evidence would be a copy of an original record, or oral testimony of a record’s contents.  Published genealogies and family histories are also secondary evidence.

     Classifying evidence as either primary or secondary does not tell anything about its accuracy or ultimate value.  This is especially true of secondary evidence.  Thus it is always a good idea to ask the following questions: (1) How far removed from the original is it, (when it is a copy)?;  (2) What was the reason for the creation of the source which contains this evidence?; and (3) Who was responsible for creating this secondary evidence and what interest did they have in its accuracy?

SOURCE:  Greenwood, Val D., The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd edition, Genealogical Publishing  Co., Baltimore, MD 21202, 1990, pgs. 62-63

 

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