Sudermann (Suderman, Zudermann, Suterman, Soermann) family

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Sudermann (Suderman) has been a common family name among the West Prussian, Russian, and later North American Mennonites. The name appeared in Danzig as early as 1671 and was found in Elbing, Heubuden, and Königsberg. The noted author Hermann Sudermann was of Mennonite background, his father having been baptized as Mennonite in Elbing. From this area the name was transplanted to Russia. Some notable representatives of this family within Russia were Leonhard Sudermann, elder of the Berdyansk Mennonite Church, and later elder of the Emmaus Mennonite Church in North America; Franz Sudermann, a businessman from Halbstadt; Jakob J. Sudermann, one of the most successful and prosperous Mennonite farmers in Russia, owner of the Apanlee estate, and cofounder and president of the Halbstadt Kommerzschule.

Who's Who Among the Mennonites (1943) lists members of the Sudermann family that were prominent in the Mennonite Church. John P. Suderman was a General Conference Mennonite (GCM) missionary to the Hopi people; Herman E. Suderman was both founder and president of the Midland National Bank, Newton, Kansas; John M. Suderman was a minister (GCM) and conference worker in Newton, Kansas; David H. Suderman was a professor of music at Bethel College; and Jacob Sudermann of Elkhart, Indiana worked at both Goshen College and Indiana University, South Bend branch.


Meyer, Bruno. Die Sudermanns von Dortmund, ein hansisches Kaufmannsgeschlecht. Marburg, 1930.

Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld, 1895.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1731, 1743, 1755, etc.

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Sepp, Chr. Kerkhistorische Studien. 1885: 238-77.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Sudermann (Suderman, Zudermann, Suterman, Soermann) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 May 2022.,_Zudermann,_Suterman,_Soermann)_family&oldid=171597.

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Krahn, Cornelius and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1959). Sudermann (Suderman, Zudermann, Suterman, Soermann) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 May 2022, from,_Zudermann,_Suterman,_Soermann)_family&oldid=171597.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 652. All rights reserved.

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