The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (OPPENHEIM). The surname of OPHEIM is an Ashkenazic Jewish habitation name from a place in Hesse, on the Rhine between Mainz and Worms, so called from an obscure first element - perhaps a dweller on a marsh or fen + the second element HEIM (homestead). The name has numerous variant spellings which include OPPENHAIM, OPENHAIME, OPENHEIM, OPENHAJM and OPPENHEIMER. Between 1880 and 1914, almost three million Jews left Eastern Europe, representing the most extensive migration in Jewish history since the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th century. Most of the emigrants fled from Russia, where pogroms had raged, and where the laws of Czar Alexander III had oppressed Jewish life. Most of the emigrants departed from Hamburg and went to the United States, but some emigrated to Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and South Africa. While the vast majority of the immigrants to America came through Ellis Island from 1907 to 1914 thousands of East European Jews participated in a little known episode in American Jewish history. They migrated through the port of Galveston, Texas and then were routed to towns throughout the Midwest where lodging and jobs awaited them. Notables of the name include Sir Ernest OPPENHEIMER (1880-1957) the diamond magnate. He was born in Friedburg, Germany, the son of a cigar merchant. He became a clerk in London in a diamond broker's at the age of 16 and in 1902, at the age of 22, went to South Africa to seek his fortune. Edward Phillios OPPENHEIM (1866-1956) the English novelist, born in London. He had his first book published in 1887, and went on to become a pioneer of the novel of espionage and diplomatic intrigue. Among his best novels are 'Mr Grex of Monte Carlo' (1915) and 'Envoy Extraordinary' (1937).
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