The name Anlaw comes from the Rhineland
, an ancient region of Germany
. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local
names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Anlaw was a name for some one lived in the Alsace region, particularly around the city of Strasbourg.
Early Origins of the Anlaw family
The surname Anlaw was first found in the Rhineland
, where the family name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The Andlau family became prominent in the local
affairs of the Alsace region, particularly in the area of Strasbourg. They 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 Anlaw family
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Anlaw 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 Anlaw include Andlau, Andlaw, Anndlaw, Andlauer, Annlaw, Anlau and others.
Early Notables of the Anlaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Anlaw family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Anlaw were among of the early German families that came to North America: Jacques Andlauer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855.