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Where did the German Albrecht family come from? What is the German Albrecht family crest and coat of arms? When did the Albrecht family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Albrecht family history?

The historic region of Austria is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Albrecht. The name is derived from "Albrecht," a personal name of Teutonic origin, popular in various forms throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, meaning "illustrious." The surname was most likely first borne by the son of one called Albrecht.


One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Albrecht include Albrecht, Albrech, Allbrecht, Albrechs, Adalbert, Albert and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The name was especially common throughout the Middle Ages owing to the fame of the holy Adalbert of Prague, the archbishop who was martyred in 997 while converting the tribes of Prussia. Albrecht I (1255-1308) was the King of Germany from 1298 to 1308. Albrecht II (1397-1439,) son of Duke Albrecht IV of Austria, was elected German King in 1438, returning the house of Habsburg to the imperial throne after a lapse of 132 years. Albrecht III "the pious" (1401-60) was the much-loved Duke of Bavaria, as was his son, Duke Albrecht IV "the wise." These kings and dukes contributed to the popularity of the name.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albrecht research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1567, 1567, 1760, 1621, 1677, 1752 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Albrecht History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 185 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albrecht Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Albrecht were

Albrecht Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Albrecht, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Magdalena Albrecht, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Peter Albrecht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Barbara Albrecht, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Gerich Albrecht, who took an oath of allegiance in Pennsylvania in 1732

Albrecht Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Albrecht, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Christian F Albrecht, aged 42, landed in Missouri in 1842
  • Blasius Albrecht, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Henry Albrecht, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1844
  • Ida Helene Albertine Albrecht, aged 42, landed in America in 1844

Albrecht Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Christine Albrecht, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Christian Albrecht, aged 11, arrived in America in 1901
  • Rosina Albrecht, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Rosins Albrecht, aged 3, arrived in America in 1901


  • Andreas J. Albrecht, American theoretical physicist and cosmologist
  • Arthur Walter Albrecht (1921-2004), American NFL football offensive lineman who played from 1942 to 1944
  • Jeffrey Carter Albrecht (1973-2007), American musician
  • Gerd Albrecht (b. 1935), German conductor and first-prize winner at the International Conductors Competition in Besançon at age 22
  • Sylvia Albrecht (b. 1962), German speed skater who competed for East Germany in the 1980 Winter Olympics
  • Achim Albrecht (b. 1962), German personal trainer and former bodybuilder
  • Ernst Albrecht (1907-1976), German footballer
  • George Alexander Albrecht (b. 1935), German conductor, Generalmusikdirektor, Staatsoper Hannover (1965-1993)
  • Karl Hans Albrecht (1920-2014), German entrepreneur who co-founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi who according to Forbes was ranked 10th in its 2012 list of billionaires
  • Ernst Carl Julius Albrecht (b. 1930), German politician (CDU) and Prime Minister of Lower Saxony (1976-1990)



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The Albrecht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albrecht Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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