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Latin word Albanus, which means white. Albaugh 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 Albaugh 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 Albaugh family became members of the gentry.


The surname Albaugh 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.

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 Albaugh include Albe, Alb, Alber, Alba, Allbe, Allbes and others.


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


Notables with the name Albaugh 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 Albaugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Albaugh, or one of its variants above:

Albaugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Albaugh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849

Albaugh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Estella Albaugh, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Virginia Albaugh, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Gertrude Albaugh, who landed in America, in 1911

  • John Albaugh, the former American Chief of Staff to Congressman Ernest Istook
  • Walter H. Albaugh (1890-1942), American politician from Ohio, U.S. Representative (1938 to 1939)
  • John W. Albaugh (1837-1909), American stage actor
  • James "Jim" F. Albaugh (b. 1950), American businessman; executive vice president of Boeing Aircraft
  • Walter Hugh Albaugh (1890-1942), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1921-25; U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1938-39
  • R. D. Albaugh (1882-1958), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 25th District, 1941-46
  • Arla A. Albaugh (1906-2003), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1944; Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1946

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    Other References

    1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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    The Albaugh Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Albaugh 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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