Altrock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious family surname Altrock originated in the German state of Prussia. This territory was known for its beautiful landscape, its advanced industrial technology, and its military prowess. In the Middle Ages, many of the Prussian lands were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Altrock family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Altrock was an occupational name for a member of counsel. The name Altrock is derived from the German words alt, which means old and rath, which means advice or counsel.

Early Origins of the Altrock family

The surname Altrock was first found in Brandenburg, where the Altrock family name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Altrock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altrock research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1744, 1746, 1749, and 1751 are included under the topic Early Altrock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Altrock 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 Altrock include Alrock, Alltrock, Altroch, Alltroch, Altroche and many more.

Early Notables of the Altrock family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altrock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Altrock family

Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Altrock or a variant listed above: Altrock family members who settled on the Eastern Seaboard.


Contemporary Notables of the name Altrock (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Altrock, American executive producer, known for I Was A Teenage Felon (2019-2020), Finding Fido (2017-2018)
  • Nicholas Nick" Altrock (1876-1965), American left-handed pitcher and coach for the Washington Senators in Major League Baseball from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Erich Altrock (1920-2004), East Prussian actor, known for Mord in Riverport (1963), Das grüne Ungeheuer (1962) and Jetzt und in der Stunde meines Todes (1963)


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