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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Althaus. 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 Althaus family originally lived in an ancient dwelling or a very old house. The name Althaus is derived from the German words alt, which means old, and haus, which means house. There is also a place in Germany called Althaus and thus, this surname may have been given to a person that was from this town.

Althaus Early Origins



The surname Althaus was first found in Muensterland, Westphalia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Conradus de Oldenhus, a family in Muenster, in 1353.

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Althaus Spelling Variations


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Althaus 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 Althaus include Althaus, Althausen, Althous, Althousen, Althouse, Althausens, Althaussen, Althusen, Althussen, Oldehus, Oldenhus, Alshaus, Allshouse, Allshaus, Althuyzer, Althäuser and many more.

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Althaus Early History


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Althaus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Althaus research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1556 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Althaus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Althaus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Althaus Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Althaus 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



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. 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:

Althaus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Althaus, age 24 settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Abraham Althaus, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Abraham Althaus, age 24 who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Joseph Althaus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Arndt Althaus, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Althaus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Althaus, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Christian Althaus who was recorded as having arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846
  • Heinr Althaus, who landed in America in 1850
  • John Althaus arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John Althaus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Althaus (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Althaus (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Kenneth George Althaus (1893-1987), American Commanding Officer Combat Command A, 10th Armored Division (1943-1945)
  • Rick Althaus, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008
  • Voy Ernst Althaus (b. 1926), American geologist
  • Mary Althaus (b. 1947), American host of "Let's Learn Japanese Basic I"
  • Adolf Paul Johannes Althaus, German theologian
  • Dieter Althaus (b. 1958), German politician

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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    The Althaus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Althaus 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 19 August 2016 at 23:30.

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