Where does the name “Amish” come from?

Which is the oldest Amish community?

When did the Amish disappear in Europe?

Today we look at these and other questions on Amish history:

Where does the name “Amish” come from?

Jakob Amman was an Anabaptist leader who took a harder line on religious practices than his brethren. Amman preached a stronger interpretation of the doctrine of social shunning among other issues. Disagreement led to a split in 1693, with the followers of Amman becoming known as Amish.

Which is the oldest Amish community?

The Lancaster County settlement, founded sometime around 1760, is the oldest. Pennsylvania is also home to the two next oldest settlements, both also started in the 1700s (Somerset County and Mifflin County). Read about the others in our list of the ten oldest Amish communities.

When did the Amish disappear in Europe?

The last Amish community in Europe merged with a more progressive church in 1937. No Old Order Amish live in Europe today, though some Beachy Amish churches can be found there.

Find the full list here.


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