Himmelberger Coat of Arms / Himmelberger Family Crest
The surname of HIMMELBERGER is a German habitation name from any of various places named with the Middle German word HIMEL, meaning heaven, paradise. The name was applied with reference to the pleasant surroundings in which they lived, and the fruitfulness of the soil. The name has many variant spellings which include HIMML, HIMMELSTEIN (heaven-stone), HIMMELER, HIMMELMANN, HIMLICH, HIMMELBAUM (heaven-tree) HIMMELBURG (heaven-town) and HIMMELREICH (kingdom of heaven) to name but a few. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. A notable member of the name was Louis HIMELSTEIN, born on the 12th September, 1903. He was a Real Estate Developer, and he was President of the Del Monte Companies, and Director of the Pioneer Bank of Arizona in 1958. He resided at Phoenix, Arizona. American surnames comprise of surnames found in every country throughout the world, many with differences in spelling not seen in the old country due to the inability of clerks and Government officials to record correctly the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with the English, French, German, Portugese, Dutch or Spanish languages currently used in the Port of entry or the part of the country where they settled. When an immigrant arriving in America with little knowledge of English gave his name verbally to the officials, it was written down by them as they heard it, and being thereby 'official' it was often accepted by the immigrant himself as the correct American rendering of his name.
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