Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia
, the home of the name Oldenhus. When hereditary surnames
were adopted in this region, after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities were quite common. These "local" surnames 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 initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the use of the preposition has often long since been dropped from use. The Oldenhus family originally lived in an ancient dwelling or a very old house. The name Oldenhus is derived from the German words alt,
which means old,
which means house.
There is also a place in Germany
called Althaus and thus, this surname may have been given to a person that was from this town.
Early Origins of the Oldenhus family
The surname Oldenhus was first found in Muensterland, Westphalia
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal 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. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Conradus de Oldenhus, a family in Muenster, in 1353.
Early History of the Oldenhus family
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Oldenhus 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 Oldenhus include Althaus, Althausen, Althous, Althousen, Althouse, Althausens, Althaussen, Althusen, Althussen, Oldehus, Oldenhus, Alshaus, Allshouse, Allshaus, Althuyzer, Althäuser and many more.
Early Notables of the Oldenhus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oldenhus family to the New World and Oceana
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: Abraham Althaus, age 24; who settled in Philadelphia in 1731; as did Johannes Althauss in 1738 and Erasmus Althous in 1749; and Christian Althaus, who arrived in Texas in 1846..