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Where did the German Arends family come from? What is the German Arends family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arends family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arends family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ahrends, Ahrens, Arens, Ahren, Aren, Ahrren, Ahrrens, Ahrenz and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family established numerous branches as family members acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name originated in the central German regions as a variation of the southern German "Arndt" and the northern German "Arnold."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arends research. Another 419 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1779, 1855, 1809, 1792, 1792, 1555, 1621 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Arends History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arends Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernh Arends, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Johanna Gert Arends, who landed in America in 1850
  • Etje Arends, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1857

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  • Brett Arends, American writer and journalist
  • Leslie Cornelius Arends (1895-1985), American politician, Republican statesman from Illinois
  • Leopold Alexander Friedrich Arends (1817-1882), German stenographer and inventor of a system of stenography extensively used on the Continent
  • Jan Arends (1738-1805), Dutch painter of landscapes and marine subjects
  • Henri Arends (1921-1993), Dutch conductor


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Arends Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arends Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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