The republic of Nürnberg the way it looked from the southeast during the summers of 1496 and 1497. Just to the right of centre can be seen one of the
spires of the Saint Sebaldus Kirche and on the hill in the background the Kaiserburg. Painting by Nürnberg's famous son, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).


Early Nürnberger Families
related by marriage to the Langmanns.

(Click on pictures for family trees)

Tucher (1260-)
Berthold Tucher (1454-1519) and wife Christina Schmidtmeyer (Biedermann Tabula DVIII B).
They were married in 1484 and had 22 children.
Hans Tucher (1428-1491). Bürgermeister, head of the Tucherschen Handelshauses. Married first to Barbara Ebner, secondly to Ursula Harsdorff.

Pfinzing (1233-)
Paul Pfinzing (1554-1599). Printer, publisher and cartographer.


Unknown Schenk von Stauffenberg.

Behaim (1285-)
Martin Behaim (1459-1507). Explorer and cartographer. Inventor of the Nurnberger 'Erdapfel', the oldest earth globe known to be in existence, and on which the Americas are missing.

Eisvögel (1296-)
No family tree is known to exist for this
Nurnberger patrician family, but their coat-of-arms exists on the Eysvögel window in the Saint Sebaldus chuch along with those of Fürer, Pfinzing, Langmann and Ebner.
The bird 'Eisvogel' is known as the Kingfisher in English.

Fürer von Haimendorff (1295-)
Christoph Fürer von Haimendorff der Junge.

Ebner von Eschenbach (1251-)
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916). Author.

Stromer (1230-)

Dr.Heinrich Stromer (1476-1542) and Peter Stromer, the 'Father of Forest Cultivation' (1315-1388).
Ulman Stromer, paper maker (1329-1407).

Waldstromer (1223-)
Christoph Waldstromer. Owner of Prackenfels after the robber knight Kuno von Kropfburg who had entered into a pact with Satan.

Ortlieb (1260-)
'Musicians' by painter Friedrich Ortlieb (1839-1909).

Sachs (1360-)
Hans Sachs (1494-1576). Meister Singer in Nurnberg, poet and shoemaker. Immortalized by Albrecht Dürer and the composer Richard Wagner.

Teuffel (1233-1451)
Little is known about this family. ('Teufel' means Devil in English).

Schopper (1267-)
Hartmann Schopper (1542-1595) Poet and publisher. Friend of writer-printers Jost Ammann (1539-1591) and Hans Sachs.

Konrad Gross (1280-1356). Banker, financier; founder of hospital Heilig Geist Spital in Nürnberg.

Holzschuher (1228-)
Hieronymus Holzschuher von Harlach (1469-1529). Friend of Albrecht Dürer's. Burgomaster and champion of the Reformation in Nuremberg. Painting by Dürer.

Esler (1274-)
Unknown Esler (abt.1540). (An Esel is a donkey; Esler a donkeyman).

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Painter, print maker and theorist. Germany's greatest Renaissance painter. (Self portrait).

Imhoff (1340-)
Willibald and Anna Im Hoff (1470). Owner of the merchantile Imhoffsche Handelsgesellschaft.

Muffel (1286-)
Jakob Muffel, Burgomaster, friend of Dürer, who painted his portrait.

Pilgram v. Eyb (1165-)
Albrect von Eyb (1420-1475) Humanist. Author of 'Ehebuch' (Book of Marriage).


Holy Roman Emperor
Karl IV (1316-1378)

Translation of the poem
Vor Alten Jaren
(From Years Past)
dated about year 1550:

From ancient times, for certain, is
the family called the Langmanns,
who already before the year
1280 resided in the town (Nuremberg).
This we learn from many families
who were their friends
at the time, all noble people,
well known; and it was at the time
of the year 1347 after Christus
that Herr Hans Langmann was elected,
from his family the first to the senate
of Nuremberg, the noble imperial city.
There he served his fathers' land
with remarkable zest and enthusiasm
because he was clever and wise.
He was by the plebeians
driven out of town in the year 1349,*)
along with everyone from the council,
so the story goes;
but reinstated by Karl IV,
and was then for quite some time still
on council, until the year 1369
when he was taken away by death.
After him has none other (Langmann)
been appointed to the senate;
although they still for quite a while
resided in the city as well as
several places here and there,
serving the clergy with great zeal.
Finally, like everything else in the world
disappears and comes to an end,
so these Langmenn, altogether,
reached an end with their name.
The family (Nuremberg line) has been extinct
for a long time;
more than 200 years now.

*) At the time Nuremberg had a population of between 3,000 and 4,000 souls
and the city-republic was governed by representative for the 42 patrician families that made up the aristocracy.