Allten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The German surname Allten emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Allten, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Lower Saxony. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname.
Early Origins of the Allten family
The surname Allten was first found in Brunswick, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The Alten name belongs to one of the oldest recorded noble families of this region; they appeared in chronicles as early as 1183.
Important Dates for the Allten family
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Allten Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Alten, Allten, Altenn, Altens, Alltens, Alltenns and others.
Early Notables of the Allten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allten family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: G.N. Alten, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852; John Alten, age 56; settled in America in 1709 with his wife and 4 daughters.