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Latin word Albanus, which means white. Alba was originally a name from the many places in Italy and elsewhere called Alba. The nickname was usually given to someone who was fair in complexion or blond haired. The name originated in Alsace, where the Alba family played an integral part in the social, economic and political development of the region. In medieval times, when land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power, the Alba family became members of the gentry.

Alba Early Origins



The surname Alba was first found in Alsace, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe. The family branched into several houses, all of which played an important role in the local political conflicts which forged the nation. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include C. Alber in Reutlingen, 1360, and Dietlin Alber in Tyrol, 1394.

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Alba Spelling Variations


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Alba Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Alba include Albe, Alb, Alber, Alba, Allbe, Allbes and others.

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Alba Early History


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Alba Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alba research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1595, and 1717 are included under the topic Early Alba History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alba Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alba Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the name Alba during this period were Georg Friedrich von der Albe, who died in 1717 as a lieutenant general and chief of a Curassier regiment in the Prussian...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alba Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Alba, or one of its variants above:

Alba Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Alonso De Alba and his wife Catalina Perez Alba settled in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1534
  • Gonzalo de Alba brought his wife and six children to Peru in 1565
  • Maria de Alba who arrived in Guatemala in 1567
  • Juan de Alba who arrived in Ecuador in 1582

Alba Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco De Alba, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Peter Alba, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • P. Alba arrived in New Orleans at the age of 33 in 1820
  • C. Alba at the age of 22 with a son in 1821
  • De Alba, aged 35, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alba (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alba (post 1700)



  • Joshua Lauren Alba (b. 1982), American actor
  • Jessica Marie Alba (b. 1981), American television and film actress
  • Albert E. Alba, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1952
  • Julia María Alarcó Alba (b. 1972), retired Spanish sprinter
  • Jordi Ramos Alba (b. 1989), Spanish professional footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Alba Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alba 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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