Show ContentsDahlem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Dahlem is a proud sign of a rich and ancient Austrian 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, Austria was settled by the Alemanni, Avars, and Slavs. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. 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 Dahlem family

The surname Dahlem 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.

Early History of the Dahlem family

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Dahlem 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 Dahlem include Dahl, Dahlen, Dahlin, Dahlem, Dallen, Dallin and others.

Early Notables of the Dahlem family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Dahlem were Sir Franz Dahlen von Orlaburg (b.1779), a privy councillor, a general in the Austrian army, and...
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United States Dahlem migration to the United States +

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 Dahlem were

Dahlem Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Dahlem, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1795 [1]
Dahlem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Dahlem, who arrived in America in 1853 [1]
  • Martin Dahlem, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Gerhard Dahlem, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [1]
  • Jacob Dahlem, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [1]
  • John Dahlem, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dahlem (post 1700) +

  • Alvin G. Dahlem, American Republican politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 4th Circuit, 1959; Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Jackson County 1st District, 1961 [2]
  • Franz Dahlem, influential member of the Central Committee of East Germany during the fifties

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook