Albert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The historic region of Austria is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Albert. The name is derived from "Albert," a personal name of Teutonic origin, popular in various forms throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, meaning "illustrious." The surname was most likely first borne by the son of one called Albert.

Early Origins of the Albert family

The surname Albert was first found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. 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 name was especially common throughout the Middle Ages owing to the fame of the holy Adalbert of Prague, the archbishop who was martyred in 997 while converting the tribes of Prussia. Albrecht I (1255-1308) was the King of Germany from 1298 to 1308. Albrecht II (1397-1439,) son of Duke Albrecht IV of Austria, was elected German King in 1438, returning the house of Habsburg to the imperial throne after a lapse of 132 years. Albrecht III "the pious" (1401-60) was the much-loved Duke of Bavaria, as was his son, Duke Albrecht IV "the wise." These kings and dukes contributed to the popularity of the name.

Important Dates for the Albert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albert research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1567, 1567, 1760, 1621, 1677, 1752 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Albert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Albert Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Albert include Albrecht, Albrech, Allbrecht, Albrechs, Adalbert, Albert and many more.

Early Notables of the Albert family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Albert were Albrecht, Marschall von Rapperswil, who was a great Swiss nobleman and poet at the end of the 13th century. Among the many prominent mediaeval troubadours and poets with this name are: Albrecht von Eyb, Albrecht von Halberstadt, Albrecht von Johannsdorf, Albrecht von...
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Albert migration to the United States

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Albert or a variant listed above:

Albert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Albert, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Rich Albert, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Ann Albert, who settled in Carolina in 1679
  • Ann Albert, who arrived in Carolina in 1679 [1]
Albert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lodewyk Albert, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • George Albert, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Michael Albert who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1719
  • Michael Albert, who settled in Lancaster in 1719
  • Michael Albert, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1719 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Albert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Albert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Joseph Albert, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1818 [1]
  • C A Albert, aged 31, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1820 [1]
  • Mr. Albert, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Daniel Albert, who arrived in North America in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Albert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Albert, who landed in Mississippi in 1904 [1]

Albert migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Albert Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Guillaume Albert, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for Jacques Pepin arriving on 30th March 1656 [2]
  • Mr. Jean Albert, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 28th March 1657 [2]
  • Mr. Pierre Albert, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 28th March 1657 [2]
  • André Albert married Anne Goiset in Québec in 1669
Albert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Albert migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Albert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Albert, aged 26, a day labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [4]
  • Mary Albert, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Albert migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Albert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Albert, Hawaiian settler travelling from Honolulu via Tahiti aboard the ship "General Worth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd March 1852 [5]
  • Mrs. Albert, Hawaiian settler travelling from Honolulu via Tahiti aboard the ship "General Worth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd March 1852 [5]
  • Robert Albert, aged 21, a harness maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Emily Albert, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Albert (post 1700)

  • Richard E. "Dick" Albert (1944-2017), American co-chief meteorologist on WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts (1978-2009)
  • Eddie Albert (1906-2005), American actor and activist
  • Stephen Albert (1941-1992), American composer awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Music
  • Carl Bertrand Albert (1908-2000), American Rhodes Scholar, lawyer and politician
  • Abraham Adrian Albert (1905-1972), American mathematician awarded the Cole Prize for Algebra in 1939
  • Daniel G. Albert, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 2nd District, 1956-62 [6]
  • Dan Albert, American politician, Mayor of Monterey, California, 2004 [6]
  • Carl Bert Albert (1908-2000), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 3rd District, 1947-77; Speaker of the U.S. House, 1971-77 [6]
  • Arthur F. Albert, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, 1931, 1943 [6]
  • Aristide E. P. Albert, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1908 [6]
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Albert family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas G Albert, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]

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. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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