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Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Egbert is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Austria were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Austrian and German patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Egbert is derived from the Germanic given name Ogier or Edgar, which both combine elements meaning prosperity and spear.
The surname Egbert was first found in Austria and southern 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 founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Heinrich auf dem Egg, who lived in Tyrol around 1297.
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 Egbert include Egger, Egg, Eggener, Egener, Eggere, Eggerer, Ecger, Ecgere, Eggen, Egen and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Egbert research. Another 460 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1741, 1760, 1785, 1801, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Egbert History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Egbert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Egbert were
Egbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Egbert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Egbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Egbert 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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