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

The historic region of Austria is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Albright. The name is derived from "Albright," 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 Albright.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Albright 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albright 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 Albright History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Albright or a variant listed above:

Albright Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Albright, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • John Albright, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Johannes Albright, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Matelina Albright, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Albright, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732


Albright Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Albright, aged 34, landed in Missouri in 1844
  • Augustus Albright, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Henry Albright, who landed in Arkansas in 1870

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  • Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (1897-1983), American painter and artist
  • Lola Jean Albright (b. 1925), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated singer and actress
  • Madeleine Albright (b. 1937), American politician, the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State
  • Tenley Albright (b. 1935), the first American female skater to win a figure skating Olympic gold medal
  • William Albright (1944-1998), American composer, pianist and organist
  • William Foxwell Albright (1891-1971), American prominent biblical archaeologist
  • Horace Marden Albright (1890-1987), American conservationist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom


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  • The Albrights by Shannon D. Albright.
  • Ancestry of Albright and Holt Families of Clay County, Missouri by Claribel Albright McClain.
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The Albright Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albright 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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