Durmersheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
ROLL-Related Family Surnames which came from Durmersheim: KOFFLER
Durmersheim Civic Arms
Aerial View |
Town History |
Town Surname List |
Durmersheim on-line map
- Multimap.com mapping web site.
Durmersheim aerial view - 1935
Durmersheim aerial view
Picture of the old Durmersheim Town Hall - 1749
A Durmersheim home built in 1733
a. b. c. d. e.
a) Durmersheim city road sign; b) c) d) and e) Durmersheim homes in the old section of town.
Hammer-Koffler strawberry plantation farm signs in Durmersheim
a. b. c. d.
a) and b) ST. DIONYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH () - Durmersheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany c) ST. MARIA BICKESHEIM CATHOLIC CHURCH () - Durmersheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany d) Inside view of St. Maria Bickesheim
Durmersheim is located only eight kilometers south of the city of Karlsruhe. It serves as a suburban town to the commuters of the city of Karlsruhe. The area first belonged to the precinct of Kuppenheim, but is now a part of the county of Rastatt. The population with the absorbed villages of Bickelsheim and Würmersheim numbers 10, 800 inhabitants.
The history of Durmershiem incorporates the ancient villages of Bickesheim and Würmersheim. The city of Durmersheim dates back to the sixth century, when it was part of the Weissenburg Monastery. It appeared as "Turmaresheim" (Home of Turmar) in official documents as early as 991. The present day spelling first appeared in the records around 1388.
Between 1244 and 1350 there was a clan of knights named after the town. The former moated castle called Rohrburg, mentioned as early as 1388, today only exist in the history books. The castle was totally dilapidated by the 18th century.
The old monastery and the Bickesheim church of St. Mary are located on the northern edge of Durmersheim. Bickesheim was an independent town until the 14th century, when it was taken over by the villagers of Durmersheim. As early as 1683 there are written reports of the portrait of Madonna in the church, to which miracles were attributed. In the early 1700's there are reports of pilgrimages to Bickesheim-Durmersheim, from all over the area.
As part of the municipal reforms in the early 1970's of Baden-Wurttemburg the former ancient town of Würmersheim, with about 1,500 residents, was incorporated with Durmersheim into one municipality. Artifacts from the stone age, and major Roman digs from the days of the Roman and Alleman tribe, provide insight into the ancient past of Würmersheim history.
Martin Burkart writes, "I have worked on the history of my hometown, Durmersheim, for many years. I currently live in Switzerland. Over the years I came up with a complete history of all the families from Durmersheim for the periods 1660 to 1900 and I am working on the history of the town; published in part on the Internet at www.durmersche.de. The KOFFLER's origin is probably Tyrol, a part of Austria until 1918 when Italy assumed control. After the 30-years-war (1618-1648) many emigrants came to the deserted country of Baden from Tyrol and from other parts of Austria and also from Switzerland. The first KOFFLER in Durmersheim is Rupert KOFFLER, who married in 1666. In the dialect of Austria and Bavaria, a "Kofel" or "Kofl" is a rocky mountain, or the top of the mountain; respectively, "Langkofl" and "Elferkofl". So the KOFFLERs were probably living in the mountains."
ROLL-related surnames are in bold lettering.
Genealogists searching for the following surnames:
KOFFLER - Martin Burkart - ancestor@@dreyer-palatinate.de
KOFFLER - Judy Dyer - JDtrvl@@aol.com
KOFFLER - Birget Gerstner of Durmersheim, Germany - Birgit.Gerstner@@db1iat.de
KOFFLER - Michael Koffler - mkoffler@@portofsandiego.org
KOFFLER - Mitch Roll - mitch@@rollintl.com
"The German is like a willow.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions to WebMaster. Thank you. © Copyright 2000 - 2013
No matter which way you bend him,
he will always take root again."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn -