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Alten is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Alten family lived in Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, where they held lands and estates for many years. They were granted these lands by William the Conqueror for their efforts at the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name is habitational in derivation, and comes from the Old English awiell, which means spring, and tun, which means enclosure or settlement.

Alten Early Origins



The surname Alten was first found in Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, and Lancashire. Of the latter, we found more records than the other branches. At first, the family held estates at Bispham, a village within the borough of Blackpool as far back as the 14th century. Roger Dalton had thirteen children by four wives. Of note was Lawrence Dalton who died in 1561 and was an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. This branch also held estates at Thurnham, again in Lancashire. "The manor was subsequently held by Thomas Lonne, citizen and grocer of London, who, in the reign of Philip and Mary, sold it to the Daltons, of Bispham, which family continues to possess nearly the whole township." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Alten Spelling Variations


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Alten Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Alten are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Alten include Alton, Allton, Allten, Alten, Altoun, Althoun, Althan, Althaun, Aulton, Dalton and many more.

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Alten Early History


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Alten Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alten research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1284 and 1190 are included under the topic Early Alten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alten Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Alten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alten In Ireland


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Alten In Ireland



Some of the Alten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Alten, or a variant listed above:

Alten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Alten, age 56 settled in America in 1709 with his wife and 4 daughters

Alten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gottfried Conrad Alten, who landed in America in 1851
  • G. N. Alten, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • Herman Alten, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alten (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alten (post 1700)



  • Jack Van Alten, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 16th District, 1940
  • Cornelius Van Alten, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Michigan State Auditor General, 1916
  • Steve Alten (b. 1959), American science fiction author
  • Karl August Alten (1764-1840), German statesman

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Alten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alten Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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