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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albaugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Albaugh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Albaugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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