The surname Engelbrekt 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
surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The surname Engelbrekt was derived from various Germanic personal names. The name Engelbrekt is a short form of given names such as Engelbert or Engelhard.
Early Origins of the Engelbrekt family
The surname Engelbrekt 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.
Early History of the Engelbrekt family
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Engelbrekt Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Engelbrekt 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 Engelbrekt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Engelbrekt family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of 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.