Albrecht (Allbrecht, Albright) family
Albrecht is a family name that occurs in Anabaptist and Mennonite circles, both of Swiss-Hutterite and Dutch origin. Michael Albrecht was chosen as a deacon in the Hutterian Brethren group in 1593; Hans Albrecht, a minister of the Hutterian Brethren, died in 1688; and a Jacob Albrecht appears in the records of the Hutterian Brethren in 1763. In the records of the Mennonite Church of Danzig the name appears as early as 1666. From Danzig this family spread to Russia and America. In West Prussia, the name occurred mostly in the Frisian congregations. At Danzig the forms Albertz and Alberts also appeared in both the "Frisian" and the "Flemish" congregations in the 17th century. In West Prussia there were in 1776 (without Danzig) 14 families of this name. In 1910 there were 120 persons and in 1935 (without Elbing) there were 104 persons. Members of the family also migrated to Russia and America.
In the 18th century the name was found among the German-speaking Pennsylvanians, both within and without the Mennonite Church. A publisher named Johann Albrecht of Lancaster issued an edition of Menno Simons' Fundament Buch in 1794. Jacob Albrecht (1759-1808) of Lutheran background founded the Evangelical Association in the early years of the 19th century.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 34-35. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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