The historic region of Austria
is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Allbright. The name is derived from "Allbright," 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 Allbright.
Early Origins of the Allbright family
The surname Allbright 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 Allbright family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allbright 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 Allbright History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Allbright 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 Allbright include Albrecht, Albrech, Allbrecht, Albrechs, Adalbert, Albert and many more.
Early Notables of the Allbright family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Allbright 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 Allbright Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Allbright 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 Allbright were
Allbright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Allbright, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Allbright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William B. Allbright, aged 38, originally from Liverpool, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool & Queenstown CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7L-HMC : 6 December 2014), William B. Allbright, 21 Dec 1896; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Allbright Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Horace B. Allbright, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Ida" from Gibraltar, Spain CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W9-72S : 6 December 2014), Horace B. Allbright, 30 Jun 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Ida, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Jane Allbright, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Somme" from Antwerp, Belgium CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JF-QZR : 6 December 2014), Jane Allbright, 05 Jul 1921; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Somme, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Allbright (post 1700)
- Nathan Matthew "Nat" Allbright (1923-2011), American sports announcer
- Ron Allbright (1934-2016), Canadian CFL football player for the Calgary Stampeders from 1956 to 1967