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In 1541, Cord Poppe was registered in Bremen’s citizenship book with Gerd Poppe as his guarantor. Cord rented a shop in the city’s market place, paid his taxes and apparently became a successful merchant who later bought a shop in the Sogestrasse.
Whether he was a spice dealer has not been confirmed.
This is what is known about Cord’s existence presently, but we can account for nearly 800 of his descendants.
The origin of the Poppe’s is unknown; allegedly they have been residents of the Bremen area for more than 1000 years. In the wake of Bremen’s spread of Christianity to Scandinavia, some family members probably risked the voyage on the ships of the Hanseatic League and finally remained there. Now the surname is spread throughout Norway, northern Germany, Holland, Flemish Belgium, northern France, and North- and South America.
Over the centuries, four distinct branches have evolved in the family: the silver- and goldsmiths; the carpenters and builders; the seafarers; and the merchants. Professional coats of arms of the builders are recalled only in memory (see excerpts of letters from Fedor Poppe) with the exception of the gravestone of the last Stadtbaumeister Johann Georg Poppe (1769-1826).
In 1631, the goldsmith Cordt Poppe married in Bremen’s St. Ansgarii Susanna Motte, daughter of the late Senator John Motte and his wife Johanna Herlin, both children of religious refugees from the seventeen Spanish-Dutch provinces (Hainault, Brabant, Flanders, etc.). With this marriage, Susanna provided the family with the genealogical connection to Charlemagne and his fourth wife Hildegard of Swabia and also that to Charles Martel.
The oil painting of her father John Motte can be seen today in Bremen’s Town Hall. The ancestors Motte and Herlin (also Herlyn, de Herlin) came from Atrecht (Arras), Valenciennes (then the capital of Calvinism), Wals, Tourcoing, Rijssel (Lille), and Antwerp. In 1935, the Herlins founded a family association; in 1998, 180 members celebrated their 1000 anniversary.
Some of the Poppe daughters from Bremen married into friendly Bremen families (e.g. Dreyer, Ebbeke, Loose, Polzin); others left with their husbands to other cities in Europe (Habich, Kehrmann) or overseas (e.g. Heintzen, Kompff). The United States, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa were the destinations in the 19th century of these emigrants. In this database are numerous details about them.
SOURCES: State Archives, Bremen; Archives of Maus; German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven; Bremen’s Focke-Museum; Archives of Donald C. Poppe, USA; German nobility Archives, Marburg; heritage list of Christopher Poppe, Sr., Family Foundation, 1806-1909; Rudolf Stein, “Klassizismus and Romance in the Architecture of Bremen” Volume 4; Karl Helm, “The Bremen Timber Workers from the 16th to the mid-19th Century”; Gerd Dettmann and Alber Schroeder, “Bremen’s Gold- and Silversmiths” 1931; North German Lloyd, oral traditions; written family history; gravestone photos; Internet files; and newspaper reports.
Donald C. Poppe, Whitehall, PA April 2008