Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Albachs. In the German provinces, hereditary surnames were adopted after the 12th century, and names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. 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. However, in modern times, the preposition is frequently dropped from surnames of this type. The Albachs family originally lived in one of the many towns named Albach.
Early Origins of the Albachs 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 Albachs family
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Albachs Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Albachs include Abachsen, Abachson, Abbachsen, Abacksen, Albachen, Albachsen, Albach and many more.
Early Notables of the Albachs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Albachs 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: 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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