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

The ancestral home of the Altmann family is in the German province of Bavaria. Altmann is a German nickname surname. Such names came from "eke-names," or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. The name Altmann derives from the High German word "alt" which means "old," and other components which meant "servant." It is also derived from the first name Aldman, which means old man.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Altmann include Altmann, Alltman, Altmanns, Altmanne, Alltmanne and others.

First found in Lower Bavaria, where the name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altmann research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1590 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Altmann History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Altmann or a variant listed above:

Altmann Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Altmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Altmann Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Elisabeth Altmann, aged 27, landed in America in 1839
  • Ida Altmann, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Doro Altmann, age 36 settled in Texas in 1850
  • Barbara Altmann, aged 27, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Bertha Altmann, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1850


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The Altmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Altmann 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.

This page was last modified on 14 March 2014 at 10:45.

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