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The historic region of Austria is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Albrecht. The name is derived from "Albrecht," 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 Albrecht.
The surname Albrecht 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.
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 Albrecht include Albrecht, Albrech, Allbrecht, Albrechs, Adalbert, Albert and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albrecht research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1567, 1567, 1760, 1621, 1677, 1752 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Albrecht History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
During this period prominent bearers of the name Albrecht 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...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albrecht Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. 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 Ameri ca. 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 Albrecht were
Albrecht Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Albrecht Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Albrecht Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Albrecht Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Albrecht Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Albrecht Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Albrecht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albrecht 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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