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The name Hagemann is one of the oldest german family-names. Originally it was the term for a farmer of an old german settlement who had to guard the entrance in the wall around the settlement. This wall was called ´Hag´. It served the protection against enemy-attacks. Later the settlements became larger and now the wall was unnecessary, but the name became family-name.
The oldest known Hagemann was Amtsvogt Graf (Count) Hagemann near Buchholz in the Lüneburger Heide around 936, the time of emperor Otto des Großen. But since 1300 the Counts Hagemann did not use this title anymore. The first Hagemann in Niedersachsen were settler from Westfalen. They came after Heinrich der Löwe had driven off the Wenden and Slav, which were living in this region, in the 12th century.
My direct ancestors lived in the region today called Mecklenburg in the district Boizenburg. In this region 4 family-branches are known. I belong to the biggest branch, which came from the farm ´Up den Kohbarg´ in Gallin. This farm is mentioned first 1554 in documents. The first known owner was Titke Hagemann and todays owner is a Hagemann, too.
The second branch from Groß-Bengersdorf already was mentioned 1478 and the third family-branch has its origin 1554 in Greven. The first known family-member here is Henneke (Hinrich) Hagemann. Not very much is known about the last branch from Gut Blücher. The first member of this branch is choirmaster and teacher Hinrich Hagemann around 1700.
Most informations you find on this page were collected by August Hagemann, a teacher. He arranged his results in family-trees and presented them at the first ´Familien- und Sippentag der Hagemann´ in the year 1938 and at the second family-meeting 1939. It was planned to repeat these meetings every year, but because of war and German division the third meeting could take place not until 1991. The fourth and so far last meeting was held in the year 2000.

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