Albrech History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The historic region of Austria is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Albrech. The name is derived from "Albrech," a personal name of Teutonic origin, popular in various forms throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, meaning "illustrious." The surname was most likely first borne by the son of one called Albrech.

Early Origins of the Albrech family

The surname Albrech was first found in Austria, 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.

The name was especially common throughout the Middle Ages owing to the fame of the holy Adalbert of Prague, the archbishop who was martyred in 997 while converting the tribes of Prussia. Albrecht I (1255-1308) was the King of Germany from 1298 to 1308. Albrecht II (1397-1439,) son of Duke Albrecht IV of Austria, was elected German King in 1438, returning the house of Habsburg to the imperial throne after a lapse of 132 years.

Albrecht III "the Pious" (1401-60) was the much-loved Duke of Bavaria, as was his son, Duke Albrecht IV "the wise." These kings and dukes contributed to the popularity of the name.

Early History of the Albrech family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albrech research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1567, 1567, 1760, 1621, 1677, 1752 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Albrech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Albrech 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 Albrech include Albrecht, Albrech, Allbrecht, Albrechs, Adalbert, Albert and many more.

Early Notables of the Albrech family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Albrech were Albrecht, Marschall von Rapperswil, who was a great Swiss nobleman and poet at the end of the 13th century. Among the many prominent mediaeval troubadours and poets with this name are: Albrecht von Eyb, Albrecht von Halberstadt, Albrecht von Johannsdorf, Albrecht von...
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United States Albrech migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Albrech were

Albrech Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Jacob Albrech, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1758 [1]
  • Johann Nicholas Albrech, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1758 [1]
Albrech Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Albrech, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]

Canada Albrech migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Albrech Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Fried Albrech, aged 45, who arrived in Quebec in 1868


  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)


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