When Maria Barbara Ammann was born on 21 August 1762, in Sundhouse, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France, her father, Johan George Amann, was 31 and her mother, Maria Barbara Leonhard, was 25. She married George Spinner on 17 August 1790, in Sundhouse, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She died in 1826, at the age of 64.
Some characteristic forenames: German Alois, Christoph, Dieter, Sigi, Armin, Erwin, Franz, Gerda, Hans, Johannes, Kurt, Rudi.
South German and Swiss German: occupational or status name from Amtmann ‘official’ (dialect Ammann; Middle High German ambet man, literally ‘retinue man, retainer’). This word came to denote various kinds of administrator, including a tax farmer. Compare Aman , Amann , and Amman .
History: Jakob Ammann (1644–1730), for whom the Amish people are named, was a 17th-century, strict Alsatian-Swiss religious reformer of the Anabaptist Mennonite Church. He was born in Erlenbach in Simmental, Switzerland, and later moved to Alsace. His followers began emigrating to North America in the 1720s, settling chiefly in PA, where they are still present in large numbers, having also spread to OH, ON (Canada), and elsewhere. They are noted for their conservative life style (generally including avoidance of modern inventions such as automobiles and telephones), distinctive dress, and a close-knit community.