Similar to many Austrian
family names, the distinguished surname Ambrossi is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. Austria
, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire
in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria
was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths
, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria
. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne
, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Otto I
defeated the Magyars in 955. Austria
was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria
until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Ambrossi family
The surname Ambrossi was first found in Austria
, where the 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. The name Ambrose derives from Saint Ambrose (340-397,) who was bishop of Milan and one of the greatest founders of the Christian Church.
Early History of the Ambrossi family
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Ambrossi 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 Ambrossi include Ambrose, Ambross, Ambros, Ambroess, Ambrossi and many more.
Early Notables of the Ambrossi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ambrossi family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Ambrossi were Johann Ambrose, who landed with his wife Elizabeth in Georgia in 1733-34; Matthias Ambrosi landed in Philadelphia in 1732; as did Jacob Ambrosi in 1827. Mateas Ambrose came to Maryland in 1734.