Actual research is pinpointing to a single origin of all Hutsteiner/Hutstein families. This origin is located at Hutstein, a small hamlet located in Upper Austria close to the bavarian town of Wegscheid and the austrian hamlet of Vatersreith.
It does not imply that all Hutsteiner/Hutstein are members of one single family. In fact, it is likely that they are descendants of at least two different families with the same surname and a single origin location. And it is also observed that children of other families owning a fifth at Hutstein, e.g. family Stölzl or Aumüllner, were named Hutsteiner later on.
This hamlet of Hutstein, about 750 m above sea level, had two fiefs, the first of which was under the rule of Rannariedl from 1509, the second to the rule of Falkenstein, which was documented from 1537 on. Both fiefdoms were of the same size.
The very first fiefdom was probably not divided as both were subject to different lords, but a second one was cleared shortly after 1509. Therefore we can assume that two different families sat on these two fiefs, whose descendants later received the surname Hutsteiner, but possibly no direct family relationship existed.
As the road from next village, Vatersreith, ends at the southern fief first it can be identified as the Rannariedl’s fief mentioned in the 1509 Urbar. This can be verified by using old church records from Oberkappel which states house numbers compared with an actual map.
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