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Where did the German Altman family come from? What is the German Altman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Altman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Altman family history?The ancestral home of the Altman family is in the German province of Bavaria. Altman is a German nickname surname. Such names came from "eke-names," or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. The name Altman derives from the High German word "alt" which means "old," and other components which meant "servant." It is also derived from the first name Aldman, which means old man.
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Altman include Altmann, Alltman, Altmanns, Altmanne, Alltmanne and others.
First found in Lower Bavaria, where the name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altman research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1590 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Altman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Altmans to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Altman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Altman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Altman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Altman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Altman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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