Austria is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Albrect. The name is derived from "Albrect," 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 Albrect.
Early Origins of the Albrect family
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 Albrect family
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Early Notables of the Albrect family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Albrect family to the New World and Oceana
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 Albrect were Barbara Albrecht, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732; Gerich Albrecht, who took an oath of allegiance in Pennsylvania in 1732; Andreas Albrecht, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia after fighting in the American revolution, Christian Albrecht and his family, who emigrated from Kaiserslautern to New York in 1836.
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