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Early Origins of the Albany family

The surname Albany was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Albany family

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Albany Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Albany has been recorded under many different variations, including Albany, Albany, Albaney, Elbany, Elbanie, Albanie, Albanee and many more.

Early Notables of the Albany family (pre 1700)

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United States Albany migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Albany or a variant listed above:

Albany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Albany, aged 28, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1844 [1]
  • W. Albany, aged 21 who settled in Key West Florida in 1846
  • W Albany, aged 21, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846 [1]
  • Sarah Albany, aged 48, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1848 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Albany (post 1700) +

  • John B. Albany, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948 [2]
  • Albany Hancock (1806-1873), English naturalist, biologist, supporter of Charles Darwin [3]
  • Albany M. Robichaud (1903-1974), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Gloucester (1952-1953)
  • Albany William Fonblanque (1793-1872), English journalist

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook