Origin of the Seeberger Name

Preliminary remarks:

The fact that some families have the same surname does not necessarily mean, that they are all related to one family. This may be strange, but it is a fact. On the other hand it is fact, that the Seberger with one e in the US are related to the Seeberger from St. Jacob /Tyrol. The second e got lost during immigration. On these pages I can only give a general overlook, and the proof for my statements would take up too much room.

So, I will try to state the different origins of the Seebergers. I differentiate between at least 4 independent

        - Seeberger from/in Switzerland

        - Seeberger from/in Austria

        - Seeberger from Bohemia

        - Seeberger from East Prussia




Please look first at the overlook page for the areas of Switzerland , Austria and Bohemia.
I created a separate directory for it, because of high resolution graphic. So, you dont have the long loading times every time.

1.The origin in Switzerland:

The origin of the Swiss families is presumed to be the village named Seeberg At the Castle Seeberg the noble family von Seeberg resided, but died out before 1200. I presume, that the name of the Seeberger families originated from the village Seeberg (Seeberger as the people from Seeberg). The first bearer of this name were:
 -the priest Jakob von (from) Seberch, who is mentioned in Zofingen about 1200.
 -Hug von Seberch, who sealed some documents about 1340 as Vogt von Wangen (governor of Wangen)
Up to now, three big clans are known to me and researched as much as possible:
 -the Seeberger in the Canton Luzern (Malters and Schwarzenberg), catholic
 -the Seeberger in the Canton Bern (Wangen a.d.Aare), protestant reformed
 -the Seeberger in the Canton Aargau (Birr and Lupfig). protestant reformed, where the Seeberger in Zofingen
  came from.
These three families are traceable from 1600 (the time the church records started). Before this time only in the Canton Aargau fragments are available back to 1475. In Wangen one can often see the hint to the origin from the village Seeberg.
The Seeberger who presently live in the Canton Valise are from Tyrol / Austria.

2.The families in Austria:

Here we have to go far back in history.
Generally one cant exclude that their origin might be in Switzerland, who moved from West to East like the overall movement in these times. But this is improbable, at least there are no hints at all. One also cant exclude that some of the families in Eastern Austria (Vienna and surroundings) eventually originated from the Bohemian Seebergers.
The main theory is as follows:
Around the year 1000 the movement of the people from Valise eastwards took place. The Großes Walsertal (big Valise Valley) got its name from these people. Basically there was only proof of 22 clans. The name Seeberger is definitely not one of them!
seebergvbg totaleBecause of the old traditions these people stayed together and didnt mix up with other families of Allemanian origin which already lived in this area. Therefore in the small valley more than 300 Bischoff and Matt families existed, so that they were not distinguishable by their first name. Therefore they added the number of their house, like Johannes # 15 or Johannes # 33.
Close to the village of Sonntag existed a hamlet named Seeberg, close to the end of the valley and up in the mountains.
In the 16th century the valley was so crowded that some families had to move in the surrounded areas. So, about 1600 the name Seeberger as the people from Seeberg was found in the villages of Bludenz, Bezau, Frastanz, Dalaas (all in Vorarlberg) and also in Tyrol in St. Jacob - today named St. Anton – and further East in the Inn-Valley in the area of Landeck and Zams.
It is quite interesting that one family from St. Jacob moved a few miles East to Fliess and later West the whole way to the Valise, where some descendants are still living. This movement against the general trend is remarkable and could support the theory of the origin from this area.

3. The origin in Bohemia:

Hrad Seeberg 1997 Luftaufnahme
In Bohemia a village named Seeberg is also the origin of the name Seeberger. Seeberg (today: Ostroh) is situated in Bohemia/ Czech Republic about 10 miles Northwest of Cheb (former Eger) just a few miles away from the German border to Bavaria. The still existing castle has the name Hrad Seeberg!                                                                 Hrad Seeberg 1998 Schild NightclubAnd the adjacent hotel and also the 24hr nonstop nightclub use this old name. It is not proved, whether the old Bohemian noble family von Seeberg really owned the castle between 1040-1250. Historians are arguing about this, but I think that this is not true. From my knowledge it is only proved that they lived about 50 miles south near Plana.
The first named Seeberger in Eger is in the so-called Buch der Gebrechen, a book about some criminal actions. There 1379 der Seberger, Sneyder or translated the Seberger, tailor is mentioned as witness.
The next document – you can see it at another place in my WebPages – is a last will of Ulrich Seeberger 1475 in Eger. For the movement of the people one has to take into consideration the political and religious situation in these times, which is too complicated to write about at this place.
1560 I found 13 so-called wehrfähige Seeberger, which means male Seeberger who were able to carry weapons in the area West of Eger in Bavaria (Waldsassen-Tirschenreuth).
At this moment I can detect two big families:
 -the protestant Seeberger who came from Eger over Maehrig – Poppenreuth – to Gross-Klenau and
  Tirschenreuth. From there they moved to Hof and Marktredwitz also
 -two catholic Seeberger (probably brothers?) moved from the Waldsassen area West to Grossenseebach in
  the area Bamberg – Erlangen – Nuremberg   
Presently I have many results of my researches about these families, which I couldnt implement in my database because of lack of time.

4. Seeberger from East Prussia:

Here, the origin lies a little differently. It can be considered, that it originates from the village Seeburg, but I cannot prove this. But it is remarkable, that the first turned up under the name Seberg. During the course of one generation, the name was changed from Seeberg, over Seebergk, to Seeberger, with the changes of parsons. So, a connection between Seeberg and Seeberger in this region is very possible.

5. And what about all the others?

That´s quite simple: In my opinion, they all originate from these four areas. The German Seeberger in the area of Franconia, mainly come from Bohemia. Those in the area just nort of the Alps between Munich and the Lake Constance come either from St. Jacob in Tyrol, or Dalaas in Vorarlberg, the Seeberger in the Palatines, Saar and Lorraine usually from Tyrol. Most of the French ones originate from St. Jacob too, some from Switzerland or the US (Bohemian family). It is exactly the same with the emigrants in the whole world, from America to Australis. Here, all clans are represented, which I mentioned by the several clans.
By the variations in the spelling of the name Seeberger there are just different spellings, with one exception, the Seeburger. Here it´s unclear if there is a connection - I have some doubts. Until I can prove this, I am keeping track of this family.
Two reasons for these variation are: First, at these times nobody had any ID-cards. So the priests wrote the name as good as they understood (with or without teeth). Nobody controlled this, because most people coldn´t read. So, who cared? Second is quite similar during emigration to the US, and the English language caused some more variations.

And if you want to know it exactly? That´s very simple, I have an email address: Ulrich@Seeberger-online.de There you can and should contact me. At the moment there are more than 11000 Seeberger, and these cannot be presented so easily. Please tell me who you are, and which is your oldest descendent, if possible with dates about birth, place, wife and children, and then I will search and see, what I can do for you.