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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ahrends, Ahrens, Arens, Ahren, Aren, Ahrren, Ahrrens, Ahrenz and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family established numerous branches as family members acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name originated in the central German regions as a variation of the southern German "Arndt" and the northern German "Arnold."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arends research. Another 419 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1779, 1855, 1809, 1792, 1792, 1555, 1621 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Arends History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arends Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernh Arends, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Johanna Gert Arends, who landed in America in 1850
  • Etje Arends, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1857

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  • Leslie Cornelius Arends (1895-1985), American politician, Republican statesman from Illinois
  • Brett Arends, American writer and journalist
  • Leopold Alexander Friedrich Arends (1817-1882), German stenographer and inventor of a system of stenography extensively used on the Continent
  • Henri Arends (1921-1993), Dutch conductor
  • Jan Arends (1738-1805), Dutch painter of landscapes and marine subjects


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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  4. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Arends Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arends 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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