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Where did the German Ahrens family come from? When did the Ahrens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ahrens family history?

The colorful history of Germany provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Ahrens family. In the medieval era, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire.


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

First found in Saxony, where the family was well established by the Middle Ages. The name originated in the central German regions as a variation of the southern German "Arndt" and the northern German "Arnold." Early records show the name in Hamburg around the year 900.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ahrens research. Another 429 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1779, 1855, 1809, 1792 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Ahrens History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ahrens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ahrens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Ahrens arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Hans Henr Ahrens, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johann Henrich Ahrens, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • John Conrad Ahrens arrived in Philadelphia in 1773
  • August Ahrens, who arrived in America in 1780

Ahrens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Ahrens, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Henry Ahrens, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1840
  • C Diedreck Ahrens, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1843
  • Diedrich Ahrens settled in Texas with his wife and four children in 1844
  • Charly Ahrens, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1844

Ahrens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Johann Ahrens came to Canada at the age of 36 in 1783

Ahrens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Gerhard Ahrens a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837


  • Lynn Ahrens (b. 1948), American musical theatre lyricist
  • Silvia Poll Ahrens (b. 1970), Central American Olympic medal swimmer
  • Joseph Ahrens (b. 1904), German organist and composer
  • Dr. Karl Ahrens (b. 1924), prominent engineer, business leader, and politician in Hanover
  • Edward H. Ahrens (1919-1942), Navy Cross recipient, eponym of USS Ahrens (DE-575)
  • Janette Ahrens (b. 1923), American figure skater
  • Franz Heinrich Ludolf Ahrens (1809-1881), German philologist
  • Chris Ahrens (b. 1952), retired American professional ice hockey defenceman



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