Althausens is a local
name from the German region of Westphalia
names and other types of hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". This was originally an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived in an ancient dwelling or a very old house. The name Althausens is derived from the German words alt,
which means old,
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 Althausens family
The surname Althausens 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 Althausens family
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Althausens Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Althausens include Althaus, Althausen, Althous, Althousen, Althouse, Althausens, Althaussen, Althusen, Althussen, Oldehus, Oldenhus, Alshaus, Allshouse, Allshaus, Althuyzer, Althäuser and many more.
Early Notables of the Althausens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Althausens family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: Abraham Althaus, age 24; who settled in Philadelphia in 1731; as did Johannes Althauss in 1738 and Erasmus Althous in 1749; and Christian Althaus, who arrived in Texas in 1846..