Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia
, the home of the name Averbach. Hereditary surnames
were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local
surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local
names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Averbach family originally lived beyond a brook which is derived from the German words aver,
which is a word found in Westphalia
that means beyond,
and the German word beke,
which means brook.
Averbach is, therefore, a topographic
surname, which was the type of local surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Averbach family
The surname Averbach was first found in Westphalia
, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Averbach family
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Averbach 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 Averbach include Averbach, Averback, Averbacke, Averbache, Afferbach, Averbacker and many more.
Early Notables of the Averbach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Averbach family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were: Jos Averbeck, his wife and two children, who arrived in America in 1842; Dietrich Averbeck, who was on record in Milwaukee in 1848; Theodor Averbeck, and his family, who came to America in 1847.