When Johannes Berthold was born on 4 May 1742, in Oberkalbach, Schlüchtern, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany, his father, Johann Henrich Berthold, was 50 and his mother, Anna Schaeffer, was 31. He married Anna Kohlhepp on 25 April 1765, in Oberkalbach, Schlüchtern, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 27 December 1803, in his hometown, at the age of 61.
Some characteristic forenames: German Erwin, Hans, Juergen, Claus, Fritz, Gerhard, Goetz, Guenter, Helmut, Merwin, Otto, Siegried.
German and French (mainly Alsace, Doubs, and Lorraine): from the ancient Germanic personal name Bertwald, composed of the elements berht ‘bright, famous’ + wald ‘rule’. The second element has been altered by association with German hold ‘lovely, splendid’. This surname is also found in Haiti, where it is very rare.