Origins of the Family
are an old linage of farmers originating from the eastern foothills
of the Black Forest Mountains in south-western Germany. In the Nagold
Valley we first find them in the village of Oberschwandorf where a Michel
Guttikunst is listed as witness in a book of pious church donations
("Jahrzeitstiftungen") in the year 1427.
The German artist Julius
Gutekunst (1883-1966), a descendant of the Haiterbach
line, painted the ancient home
of the Gutekunst family, the rolling foothills and valleys of
the Black Forest
Signature of the Artist J. Gutekunst
In the tax lists of the Turkish
wars dating from the year 1545, the Gutekunst Family accounts for one
third of households of (Ober)schwandorf (8 out of 24). The spelling
is then Guttenkust, Guttencust and for female family members
Guttenkustin. First names back then are Gorgus, Michel,
Hans, Anna, Wolff, Jerg and Lipp.
In the 16th century the Gutekunst family started
slowly to spread to
neigboring villages. In the 1545 tax list we find a Marx Gutencust
later one of the stongholds of the family, Gutekunsts apprear
only in the second half of the 16th century. The very detailed
Haiterbach tax lists of 1525 and 1545 mention no Gutekunsts there.
Also in the villages of Gündringen, Schietingen, and Nagold
members of the Gutekunst family appear only after 1565.
Nagold town and river in 1663. The administrative capital of the
where our forefathers came from. Here Gutekunsts first appear
We know of
several distinct lines that do not connect by data from the parish registers
(these registers start only in the late 1500s). These are the Oberschwandorf
Line, the Gündringen-Schietingen Line and the
Haiterbach Line. Note that to date no other origin than these three
lines is known. Thus, even if you have no clue where your Gutekunsts
came from, you can be sure that you are a descendent of one of these
two lines and that your folks originate from the German Black Forest.
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