Last name origins & meanings:
- English, French, North German, Danish, Catalan, Hungarian, Czech,
Slovak, Slovenian, etc.: from the personal name Albert, composed of the
Germanic elements adal ‘noble’ + berht ‘bright’,
‘famous’. The standard German form is Albrecht. This, in its
various forms, was one of the most popular of all European male
personal names in the Middle Ages. It was borne by various churchmen,
notably St. Albert of Prague, a Bohemian prince who died a martyr in
997 attempting to convert the Prussians to Christianity; also St.
Albert the Great (?1193–1280), an Aristotelian theologian and tutor
of Thomas Aquinas. It was also the name of princes and military
leaders, such as Albert the Bear (1100–70), Margrave of
Brandenburg. In more recent times it has been adopted as a Jewish
- A bearer of the surname Albert, from Saintonge, France, was
documented in Quebec city in 1664.
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