Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia
, the home of the name Altendorf. In the German provinces, hereditary surnames
were adopted after the 12th century, and names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
surnames 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 initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the preposition is frequently dropped from surnames of this type. The Altendorf family originally lived in one of the numerous villages named Dorff scattered throughout the German states. Many German family names were derived from the names of small villages, royal or noble households, and even large religious dwellings.
Early Origins of the Altendorf family
The surname Altendorf was first found in Westphalia
, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Altendorf family
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Altendorf 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 Altendorf include Aldendorf, Altendorf, Altendorff, Aldenndorp, Alldendorp, Aldendorf, Aldendorps, Altendoerfer and many more.
Early Notables of the Altendorf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Altendorf family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:
Altendorf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Marie Altendorf, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1894
- Robert Altendorf, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1894
Altendorf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jacob Altendorf, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Mannheim, Germany, in 1907
- Richard Altendorf, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
- Pawe Altendorf, aged 45, who landed in America from Warszawa, Poland, in 1921
- T. B. Altendorf, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1923
- Emma Altendorf, aged 14, who settled in America from Altona, Germany, in 1923
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Historic Events for the Altendorf family
- Hans Altendorf (1921-1941), German Feuerwerksgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details