Abacksen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Abacksen is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names came to Germany with other types of hereditary surnames after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It was an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes taken as a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived in one of the many towns named Albach.
Early Origins of the Abacksen family
The surname Abacksen was first found in 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 Abacksen family
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Abacksen 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 Abacksen include Abachsen, Abachson, Abbachsen, Abacksen, Albachen, Albachsen, Albach and many more.
Early Notables of the Abacksen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abacksen family
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: 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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