Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Abachson. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local surnames 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 initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Abachson family originally lived in one of the many towns named Albach.
Early Origins of the Abachson family
Westphalia, 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. Thomas de Albatia, originally of Spanish descent, is known as the founding ancestor of the family who lived in the 8th century.
Early History of the Abachson family
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Early Notables of the Abachson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abachson family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were: Johann Christian Abach, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753; he was preceded by Zacharias Albacher in 1734. Caspar Albacher came to Texas in 1845.
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