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The history of the name Altman goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person or family of German heritage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Anglo-Norman-French word aleman, which means German. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


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The surname Altman was first found in Allemagne, [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
now known as Fleury-sur-Orne, near Caen in Normandy. There is no clear record of the family arriving in Britain but their voyage is of no doubt. Some of the first records of the name include listings in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Terric le Alemaund in Buckinghamshire; Henry de Alemania in Nottinghamshire; Bertram de Almannia in Lincolnshire and Robert Almene in Cambridgeshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
John le Alemaund was listed in London in 1284. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Alman. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Altman include Almayne, Alman, Allman, Almand, Hallman, Allmaine, Almon, Almand, Altman, Allman, Ellman, Dalman and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altman research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 130 and 1304 are included under the topic Early Altman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Altman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Altman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Altmans to arrive on North American shores:

Altman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Altman, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Anthon Altman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Wilhelm Altman settled in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Christn Altman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Fred Altman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
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Altman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S Altman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joseph Altman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • H Altman, who landed in Arkansas in 1888

Altman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Simon Altman, who landed in Colorado in 1904
  • Julius Altman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Louis Altman, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
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  • Scott Douglas "Scooter" Altman (b. 1959), American former test pilot and NASA astronaut with over 1,200 hours in space
  • Irving B. Altman, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1921, 1924; American Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1940
  • E. E. Altman, American politician, Mayor of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 1951
  • Diana Altman, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 21st District, 1936; Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 12th District, 1938
  • Dave Altman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924
  • D. A. Altman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Charm Altman (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 2004, 2008
  • Benjamin Altman (b. 1919), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1966-68
  • Alvin Altman, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 6th District, 1950
  • Jack Altman, American politician, Representative from New York, 1938, 1940; American Labor Candidate for New York State Senate 21st District, 1942
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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Altman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Altman 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.

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