Althaus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Althaus family

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.

Early History of the Althaus family

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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.

Early Notables of the Althaus family (pre 1700)

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United States Althaus migration to the United States +

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:

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 [1]
  • Abraham Althaus, age 24 who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Joseph Althaus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
  • Arndt Althaus, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
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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 [1]
  • John Althaus, who arrived in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John Althaus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]

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) [2]
  • Voy Ernst Althaus (b. 1926), American geologist
  • Mary Althaus (b. 1947), American host of "Let's Learn Japanese Basic I"
  • Rick Althaus, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008 [3]
  • Adolf Paul Johannes Althaus, German theologian
  • Dieter Althaus (b. 1958), German politician

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Kenneth Althaus. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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