Allmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Allmann surname. Allmann 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, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Allmann was a name for someone who 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 Allmann 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 Allmann family played an influential role in the social, economic and political development of the territories of the Rhineland.

Early Origins of the Allmann family

The surname Allmann was first found in the Rhinelands, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the 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 Allmann family

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Allmann 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 Allmann include Alemann, Allemann, Aleman, Alemand, Allemand, Alemanns, Allemang and many more.

Early Notables of the Allmann family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Allmann 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 Allmann family

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 Allmann, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Johan Christian Aleman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753; as did Heinrich Allman in 1764; Ernest Alemann settled in Philadelphia in 1853.

Contemporary Notables of the name Allmann (post 1700) +

  • Amy Allmann, American gold medalist association football player at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Nicole Allmann (b. 1975), Austrian actress, comedienne, model and writer on Facebook