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

The distinguished German surname Ellenburg is of several different possible origins. Firstly, the name may be derived from "Ellen," the name of two towns in Germany; in this case, the name might have been initially borne by a native of Ellen who had settled in another city. Alternatively, the name is derived from the Old High German "elina," which refers to a tailor's measure; in this instance, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a tailor or a cloth merchant. Finally, the name may be derived from the Germanic "aljan," meaning "strength" or "prowess."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ellenbach, Elnbach, Ellnbach, Elenbach, Ellenback, Ellnback, Elenback, Ellenbacker, Ellnbacker, Elnbacker, Ellenbacher, Ellnbacher, Elnbacher, Ellenbeck, Elnbeck, Elenbeck, Ellnbeck, Ellenpach, Elnpach, Elenpach, Ellnpach, Ellenpacher, Elenpacher, Elnpacher, Ellenburg and many more.

First found in Swabia, where in medieval times the Ellenbach family was closely associated with important social and political advancements of the region's feudal society. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the Ellenburg family emerged independently in different regions during the Middle Ages. The first known bearer of the name was Ulrich Ellinson, who was recorded in documents dated 1276. The young Ellenburg family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval German society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellenburg research. Another 154 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1812, 1835, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Ellenburg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellenburg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ellenburg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Paul Ellenburg, aged 41, who arrived in America, in 1895

Ellenburg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Wolf Ellenburg, aged 21, who arrived in America from Berlin Germany, in 1908
  • Clara Ellenburg, aged 53, who arrived in America from Engelsdorf, Germany, in 1913
  • Frits W. Ellenburg, aged 61, who arrived in America, in 1921

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  • Theodor Ellenburg (b. 1875), famous German trumpet player


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