The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Annlaw. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland
was the local
name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Annlaw was given to someone who lived in the Alsace region, particularly around the city of Strasbourg.
Early Origins of the Annlaw family
The surname Annlaw 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 Annlaw family
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Annlaw 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 Annlaw include Andlau, Andlaw, Anndlaw, Andlauer, Annlaw, Anlau and others.
Early Notables of the Annlaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Annlaw 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 the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Annlaw, or one of its variants above: Jacques Andlauer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855.