The ancestral home of the Altmans family is in the German province of Bavaria
. Altmans is a German nickname
surname. Such names came from "eke-names," or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. The name Altmans derives from the High German word "alt" which means "old," and other components which meant "servant." It is also derived from the first name Aldman, which means old man.
Early Origins of the Altmans family
The surname Altmans was first found in Lower Bavaria
, where the name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Altmans family
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Altmans Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Altmans include Altmann, Alltman, Altmanns, Altmanne, Alltmanne and others.
Early Notables of the Altmans family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Altmans family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Anthon Altman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749. Wilhelm Altman settled in Philadelphia in 1749. Barbara Altmann settled in Texas in 1855. Doro Altmann, age 36.