The historic region of Austria
is the birthplace of the esteemed surname Elbridge. The name is derived from "Elbridge," a personal name
of Teutonic origin, popular in various forms throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, meaning "illustrious." The surname was most likely first borne by the son of one called Elbridge.
Early Origins of the Elbridge family
The surname Elbridge 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. The name was especially common throughout the Middle Ages owing to the fame of the holy Adalbert of Prague, the archbishop who was martyred in 997 while converting the tribes of Prussia
. Albrecht I (1255-1308) was the King of Germany
from 1298 to 1308. Albrecht II (1397-1439,) son of Duke Albrecht IV of Austria, was elected German King in 1438, returning the house of Habsburg to the imperial throne after a lapse of 132 years. Albrecht III "the pious" (1401-60) was the much-loved Duke of Bavaria
, as was his son, Duke Albrecht IV "the wise." These kings and dukes contributed to the popularity of the name.
Early History of the Elbridge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elbridge research.Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1567, 1567, 1760, 1621, 1677, 1752 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Elbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elbridge 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 Elbridge include Albrecht, Albrech, Allbrecht, Albrechs, Adalbert, Albert and many more.
Early Notables of the Elbridge family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Elbridge were Albrecht, Marschall von Rapperswil, who was a great Swiss nobleman and poet at the end of the 13th century. Among the many prominent mediaeval troubadours and poets with this name are: Albrecht von Eyb, Albrecht von Halberstadt, Albrecht von Johannsdorf, Albrecht... Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elbridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elbridge family to the New World and Oceana
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 Elbridge were Barbara Albrecht, who settled in Philadelphia in 1732; Gerich Albrecht, who took an oath of allegiance in Pennsylvania in 1732; Andreas Albrecht, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia after fighting in the American revolution, Christian Albrecht and his family, who emigrated from Kaiserslautern to New York in 1836.
Contemporary Notables of the name Elbridge (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General William Elbridge Chickering (1895-1959), American Director of Army Postal Service (1943-1946) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) William Chickering. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chickering/William_Elbridge/USA.html
- Orville Elbridge Atwood (1880-1939), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Newaygo County, 1919-22; Member of Michigan State Senate 26th District, 1923-26, 1929-30 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Elbridge G. Cracraft, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1870-71; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1880 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Elbridge Gerry Spaulding (1809-1897), American lawyer, banker, and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 32nd district (1849 to 1851)
- Elbridge Boyden (1810-1898), prominent 19th century American architect
- Elbridge Truman Barnette (1863-1933), American adventurer, Yukon riverboat captain, founder of the city of Fairbanks, Alaska
- Major-General Elbridge Gerry Jr. Chapman (1895-1954), American Commandant of the Parachute School (1946) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Elbridge Chapman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chapman/Elbridge_Gerry_Jr./USA.html
- Elbridge Thomas Gerry. (1744-1814), American statesman and diplomat
- Elbridge Trask (1815-1863), American fur trapper and mountain man
- Elbridge "Al" Bryant (1939-1975), American singer, one of the founding members of The Temptations