The ancient German region of the Rhineland
was the original home of the name Allentorff. Allentorff was a local
name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local
names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Allentorff was a name for someone who lived any of many places called Allendorf in Germany
, such as the town of Allendorf the district of Giesseen, in Hesse, Germany.
Early Origins of the Allentorff family
The surname Allentorff was first found in Rhineland
, where they had become established in the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Allentorff family
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Allentorff Spelling Variations
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 Allentorff include Alendorf, Allendorff, Alenndorf, Alenndorff, Allendorfs, Allendorfer, Alendorfer, Allendorffer, Alenndorfer, Allendorffer, Allentorf, Allentorff, Allentorffer, Allendorp, Allendorper and many more.
Early Notables of the Allentorff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allentorff family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island
, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Allentorff, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Elis Allendorf arrived in America in 1836; George Allendorf settled in Philadelphia in 1864; Anna, Barbara, Elisabeth, Georg, Johannes and Peter Allendorf all of whom arrived in New York City in 1876.