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Alba History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: German , Italian , Spanish


Latin word Albanus, which means white. Alba was originally a name from the many places in Italy and elsewhere called Alba. The nickname was usually given to someone who was fair in complexion or blond haired. The name originated in Alsace, where the Alba family played an integral part in the social, economic and political development of the region. In medieval times, when land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power, the Alba family became members of the gentry.


Early Origins of the Alba family


The surname Alba was first found in Alsace, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played an important role in the local political conflicts which forged the nation. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include C. Alber in Reutlingen, 1360, and Dietlin Alber in Tyrol, 1394.

Early History of the Alba family


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Alba Spelling Variations


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 Alba include Albe, Alb, Alber, Alba, Allbe, Allbes and others.

Early Notables of the Alba family (pre 1700)


Notables with the name Alba during this period were Georg Friedrich von der Albe, who died in 1717 as a lieutenant general and chief of a Curassier regiment in the Prussian...
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Migration of the Alba family to the New World and Oceana


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Alba, or one of its variants above:

Alba Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Alonso De Alba and his wife Catalina Perez Alba, who settled in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1534
  • Gonzalo de Alba brought his wife and six children to Peru in 1565
  • Maria de Alba who arrived in Guatemala in 1567
  • Juan de Alba who arrived in Ecuador in 1582

Alba Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco De Alba, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Peter Alba, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • P. Alba, who arrived in New Orleans at the age of 33 in 1820
  • C. Alba at the age of 22 with a son in 1821
  • De Alba, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
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Contemporary Notables of the name Alba (post 1700)


  • Joshua Lauren Alba (b. 1982), American actor
  • Jessica Marie Alba (b. 1981), American television and film actress
  • Albert E. Alba, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1952 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Julia María Alarcó Alba (b. 1972), retired Spanish sprinter
  • Jordi Ramos Alba (b. 1989), Spanish professional footballer
  • Alba Lucía Potes Cortés (b. 1954), Colombian composer of contemporary classical music and teacher at Mannes College The New School for Music, College Preparatory Division in New York
  • Alba Giselle Reyes Santos (b. 1981), Puerto Rican beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Photogenic Universe in 2004
  • Alba Pomares López (b. 1995), Spanish footballer
  • Alba Maria Cabello (b. 1986), Spanish Olympic synchronized swimmer

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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