Engebretson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Engebretson emerged in the ancient German province of Westphalia, which lies between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. Two of the common types of hereditary surnames found in the Westphalia were patronymic surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The surname Engebretson was derived from various Germanic personal names. The name Engebretson is a short form of given names such as Engelbert or Engelhard.
Early Origins of the Engebretson family
The surname Engebretson was first found in Bremen, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Important Dates for the Engebretson family
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Engebretson 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 Engebretson include Engel, Engels, Engell, Engeler, Engeli, Aingel, Aingell, Aengel, Aengell, Aingeler, Engele, Aingele, Engler, Engebretson, Engelbrekt, Engelbretson, Engebrecht, Engelbrecht, Engelbrecher, Engelbert and many more.
Early Notables of the Engebretson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Engebretson family
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: Adam Engel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754; Christian Engel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1787; Heinrich Engel, age 30; who arrived in New York state in 1877.
Contemporary Notables of the name Engebretson (post 1700)
- Oscar Edwin Engebretson (b. 1905), American clergyman and translator
- Julius Engebretson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924 
- John Engebretson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 11th District; Elected 1942 
- Jack Engebretson, American politician, Mayor of Livonia, Michigan, 2004-05 
- George Engebretson, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 17th District, 1933-38; Defeated, 1938 
- Burger M. Engebretson (b. 1896), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Rock County 2nd District, 1937-54 
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