Alt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Alt family

The surname Alt was first found in Basel, where the name became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.

Early History of the Alt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alt research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1782, 1568, 1633, 1593, 1617 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Alt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Alt, Alte, Altte, Altt, Allte, Ault, Aulte, Aultt and many more.

Early Notables of the Alt family (pre 1700)

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Alt Ranking

In the United States, the name Alt is the 11,420th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Alt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johanes Alt, age 40 arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Johanes Alt, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Michael Alt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Matheus Alt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
  • Matheas Alt, who landed in Philadelphia in 1754
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Alt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Alt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • Margar Alt, aged 65, who arrived in America in 1851 [2]
  • Margareta Alt, who landed in America in 1851 [2]
  • Maria Alt, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Johann Alt, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Alt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred Wilhelm Alt, who landed in Alabama in 1926 [2]
  • Guillermo Alt, who landed in Alabama in 1926 [2]

Canada Alt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

West Indies Alt migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Alt Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Martha Alt, who settled in Barbados with her servants in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Alt (post 1700) +

  • Franz Leopold Alt (1910-2011), Austrian-born American mathematician, an early computer science pioneer, one of the founders of the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Carol Alt (b. 1960), American model and actress
  • Robert J. Alt, American politician, Mayor of Elkton, Maryland, 1998-2002 [5]
  • Louis Alt, American Republican politician, Postmaster at St. Louis, Missouri, 1922-27 (acting, 1922) [5]
  • Glenn Leslie Alt (1895-1971), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1945 [5]
  • George Alt (1886-1993), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 60th District, 1935-38 [5]
  • Charles Alt, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 10th District, 1909-10; Defeated, 1910 [5]
  • Susanne Alt (b. 1978), German-born, Dutch jazz saxophone player
  • Albrecht Alt (1883-1956), German Protestant theologian
  • Donald Robert Alt (b. 1929), prominent New York City advertiser and executive
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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