Since the earliest years of the known history of the Nabinger Family, about 1600, our Family history has been tied to that of an area known as the Palatinate in what is now central western Germany.
The Palatinate, also known as Rhenish Palatinate (German: Rheinpfalz), occupies more than a quarter of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). A resident of the Palatinate is known as a Palatine and the area was part of Bavaria during most of the time of the Kingdom of Bavaria. The regional dialect of the Palatinate is Palatine German or Pfaelzisch, a West Franconian dialect of German.
In the west, the Palatinate borders on Saarland. In the northwest, the Hunsrück mountain range forms the border with the Rhineland region. The eastern border with Hesse and the Baden region runs along the Rhine River. In the south, the German-French border separates the Palatinate from Alsace. One third of the region is covered by the Palatinate Forest (Pfälzerwald) which is Germany's largest contiguous forested area and part of the Franco-German Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve.