Adelman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Adelman is an occupational surname, derived from the Old German roots adel, which means noble, and mann, which means man. The surname identifies the bearer as a member of the nobility, which makes this a surname of office. This surname is associated with Swabia, a region in the southwest of Germany. The place name survives today only as the name for a mountain range running across the region where Swabia used to be. In the 1st century, Swabia was settled by the tribe of the Sueben who came from central Germany, and drove the Celts to Gaul (France). The Sueben prince Ariovist was defeated by Caesar in battle at Mulhouse, Alsace in 58 BC. Following the end of the Roman era, the Germanic Alemans from the north and the Bajuvaren from the east entered the region between 300 and 500 AD. They were in turn defeated by the Franks under Clovis in 496. The whole kingdom became eventually known as Alemannia. The dukedom of Swabia, formed in the 10th century, was ruled by the Hohenstaufen family from 1079, until they died out in 1268, when the counts of Wuerttemberg took control. Two other imperial dynasties also came from Swabia: theHapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns, who were the Kings of Prussia and the last German emperors until 1918. Today, the area is called Baden-Württemberg.

Early Origins of the Adelman family

The surname Adelman was first found in Swabia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region, whose family seat lay in the area of Ellwangen. Chronicles mention this family as early as 878, though the first individual to be recorded was Seyfried von Adelmannsfelden in 1236.

The variation Adel is known as early as 1189 where chronicles mention Adelo, a minister in Eichstaett. 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 Ahlers and Aler(s) variants were patronymic having been derived from "adal-hari," or "adel-leger." [1]

Early History of the Adelman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adelman research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1805, 1790 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Adelman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Adelman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Adelmann, Adelman, Adellman, Adellmann, Adelmanns, Adellmanns and many more.

Early Notables of the Adelman family (pre 1700)

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Adelman Ranking

In the United States, the name Adelman is the 11,118th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Adelman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Adelman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wilhelm Adelman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
  • Wilhem Adelman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1750
Adelman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Adelman, who landed in Texas in 1850 [3]
  • Joe Adelman, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [3]
  • Mavciia Adelman, who landed in Texas in 1850 [3]
  • Movcus Adelman, who arrived in Texas in 1850 [3]
Adelman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joe, Mavciia and Movcus Adelman, all of whom, who arrived in Texas between 1850 and 1906

Contemporary Notables of the name Adelman (post 1700) +

  • Bob Adelman (1930-2016), American photographer known for his images of the African-American Civil Rights Movement
  • Irma Adelman (b. 1930), vice-president of the American Economics Association, who won the Order of the Bronze Tower (Korea)
  • William J. Adelman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1970 [4]
  • Rose Adelman, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 21st District, 1938 [4]
  • Lynn S. Adelman (b. 1939), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 9th District, 1974; Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1977-97 [4]
  • David I. Adelman, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [4]
  • Daniel Adelman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1932 [4]
  • Kenneth Lee Adelman (b. 1946), director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as well as Instructor in Shakespeare at Georgetown University
  • Saul Adelman (b. 1944), American astronomer
  • Rick Adelman (b. 1946), American basketball player and coach

  1. ^ Debrabandere, Frans Verklarend woordenboek van de familienamen in België en Noord-Frankrijk Grondig Herziene Uiitgave, 1993. Digital
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  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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