Achenn is a local
name from the German region of Westphalia
names and other types of hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
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". This was originally an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived in a German town named Aachen. There were numerous towns named Aachen in Arnsberg and Wiesbaden. There was also an ancient city named Aachen, which was originally called Aix-la-Chappelle
by the French, and founded by the Romans
. In the 8th century, Charlemagne
built his palace at Aachen and the city became the place where numerous kings and emperors were coronated. It also became a center of culture and learning. Achenn is a habitation
name, which is one of the categories of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Achenn family
The surname Achenn 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. The name originates from the ancient city of Aachen, named Aix-la-Chappelle by the French, which was founded by the Romans
, the Holy Roman Emperor, built his palace here in the 8th century, and the city was not only the place of coronation for many kings and emperors, but also a center of culture and learning.
Early History of the Achenn family
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Achenn 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 Achenn include Aachen, Achen, Achenn, Aachner, Aachener, Aken and many more.
Early Notables of the Achenn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Achenn family to the New World and Oceana
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: Hermannus Ache, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752; as did Philip Ache in 1754; and Johannes Jacob Ache in 1770. Johann Heinrich Achen arrived in Philadelphia in 1773.