Ancestral research, how exciting.
My family tree goes back to @1500 in Saxony and includes names such as Heinickens changing to Heinick, Heincke, Henigk and Henke.No doubt those people came from northern Germany @ AD 1200 when the king pushed out the Slavs from areas beyond the Elbe river. They had lived there for more than 1000 years before. There was also some mixing, and the present-day German has adopted many of their sounds etc.
My name, Dietze, also has northwestern roots as there are lots of Dietz's in Holland and New Jersey (from immigration)
The 6000 names in my ancestry also include the Forker name, deriving from Scottish Farquahar, the clan which moved to eastern Germany in the 1500's where the name changed from Forgckwer.
In addition, Bohemian "Exulanten" settled in Saxony in the 1600's as Protestants after being pushed out by the then local king.
It sure would be interesting and most rewarding if more of those movements and interrelationships could be researched. Perhaps there is more in Bremen where I lived for two years before immigrating to Canada in 1951.
Keep on trucking.
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