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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 and Austria, 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.

Altenberg Early Origins



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.

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Altenberg Spelling Variations


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Altenberg Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Altenburg, Altenberger, Aldenberg, Aldenbourg, Aldanburg, Altenburg and many more.

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Altenberg Early History


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Altenberg Early History



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.

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Altenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Altenberg Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Altenberg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Altenberg (post 1700)



  • Henry Edward Altenberg (b. 1925), prominent New York psychologist and institute director

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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    The Altenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Altenberg 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 January 2014 at 10:43.

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