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The German surname Oldenberg emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Oldenberg, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Germany. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. The Oldenberg family originally lived in one of the numerous places named Alten in Germany. In the border regions of France, Switzerland and Austria, there are a multitude of villages, towns and cities by this name. The most familiar city of Alten, however, is in Prussia. Located in a mountainous region of the Hanover province close to the Ocker river, it was established in the 15th century by miners who worked in the silver mines.

Oldenberg Early Origins



The surname Oldenberg was first found in Oldenburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Aldenburg became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Oldenberg Spelling Variations


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Oldenberg Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Altenburg, Altenberger, Aldenberg, Aldenbourg, Aldanburg, Altenburg and many more.

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Oldenberg Early History


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Oldenberg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldenberg research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1653, 1732, 1734, 1801, 1584 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Oldenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oldenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oldenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Altenberger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737. Adolph Altenburg settled in Philadelphia in 1876; Johannes Altenberger settled in Philadelphia in 1737..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oldenberg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oldenberg (post 1700)



  • J. A. Oldenberg, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1900

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    Other References

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    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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    The Oldenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oldenberg 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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