The German surname Altenberg emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony
, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony
was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Altenberg, which is a local
surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Germany
. In the Holy Roman Empire
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. The Altenberg family originally lived in one of the numerous places named Alten in Germany. In the border regions of France, Switzerland
, there are a multitude of villages, towns and cities by this name. The most familiar city of Alten, however, is in Prussia
. Located in a mountainous region of the Hanover province close to the Ocker river, it was established in the 15th century by miners who worked in the silver mines.
Early Origins of the Altenberg family
The surname Altenberg was first found in Oldenburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Aldenburg became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation.
Early History of the Altenberg family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altenberg research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1653, 1732, 1734, 1801, 1584 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Altenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Altenberg Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Altenburg, Altenberger, Aldenberg, Aldenbourg, Aldanburg, Altenburg and many more.
Early Notables of the Altenberg family (pre 1700)
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Altenberg family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Altenberger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737. Adolph Altenburg settled in Philadelphia in 1876; Johannes Altenberger settled in Philadelphia in 1737..
Contemporary Notables of the name Altenberg (post 1700)
- Henry Edward Altenberg (b. 1925), prominent New York psychologist and institute director