Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Alemanns was a name for some one lived in the Rhineland which is derived from the Germanic tribal name Alemanni, which means all the men. The Alemanni, who originally inhabited the Rhineland, played a large role in the early tribal conflicts of the area and they engaged in bitter battles with the Franks for domination of territory. The English variation Alemanns is also the name for someone from Germany, derived from the Anglo-Norman French word aleman, which means German, or Allemagne, which means Germany. In some cases, the name may have been from the southern regions of France that border Germany, such as Norman region of Allemagne which was named by the Germanic settlers there, or Alsace- Lorraine. Alman is also a Jewish Ashkenazic surname taken by a widower. In the Middle Ages, the Alemanns family played an influential role in the social, economic and political development of the territories of the Rhineland.
Early Origins of the Alemanns family
local social and political affairs. The name is associated with the Alsace- Lorraine region on the southern French-German border; the Alemanns were the Germanic tribes that anciently inhabited this region.
Early History of the Alemanns family
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Alemanns Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Alemanns include Alemann, Allemann, Aleman, Alemand, Allemand, Alemanns, Allemang and many more.
Early Notables of the Alemanns family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Alemanns during this period were Johann Martin Alemann, descendant of a Magdeburg noble family, who was ennobled as mayor of this city in 1602, a title recognized in Prussia...
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Migration of the Alemanns family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Alemanns were among of the early German families that came to North America: Johan Christian Aleman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753; as did Heinrich Allman in 1764; Ernest Alemann settled in Philadelphia in 1853.
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