Albrecht (Allbrecht, Albright) family

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Albrecht is a family name that occurs in Anabaptist and Mennonite circles, both of Swiss-Hutterite and Dutch origin. It is derived from the first name Albrecht. 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 West Prussia, the name occurred mostly in the Frisian congregations. At Danzig the possible forms Albertz and Alberts also appeared in both the Frisian and the Flemish congregations in the 17th century. By the late 18th century the Alberts surname had disappeared from the Mennonite community. The surname Albrecht first appears in the Montau congregation in 1663. In West Prussia there were in 1776 (without Danzig) 14 Albrecht families (no Alberts). Around the same time Martin Albrecht was the elder of the Tragheimerweide congregation. In 1910 there were 120 persons and in 1935 (without Elbing) there were 104 persons. Six Albrecht families are known to have migrated to Russia.

Mennonite ministers, Abram Albrecht (1880-1955) and Franz Albrecht (1876-1944) of Kansas and Nebraska respectively, were born born in Russia and emigrated to North America. Erwin Albrecht (1906-1994) was a General Conference Mennonite minister in Missouri, and Edwin Albrecht was a Conservative Amish Mennonite minister in Indiana. The Albrechts of Ontario have held largely to the Old Order Mennonite bodies, although Jacob Albright (1789-1879) was a deacon in the Mennonite Church (MC). The Albrechts of the Mennonites in Illinois were descendants of the five brothers and two sisters who came from Bavaria and settled in Illinois in 1837. Henry V. Albrecht (1860-1935) from this group was deacon of the Willow Springs Mennonite Church near Tiskilwa.

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.


Penner, Glenn. “The Complete 1776 Census of Mennonites in West Prussia” Mennonite Genealogical Resources (, viewed 18 June 2018.

Penner, Horst. Die ost-und westpreussischen Mennoniten. Karlsruhe, 1978: appendix 7.

Peters, Victor and Jack Thiessen. Mennonitische Namen Mennonite Names. Marburg: G.J. Elwert Verlag, 1987.

Author(s) Gustav Reimer
John C. Wenger
Glenn Penner
Date Published June 2018

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Reimer, Gustav, John C. Wenger and Glenn Penner. "Albrecht (Allbrecht, Albright) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2018. Web. 22 Oct 2020.,_Albright)_family&oldid=160919.

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Reimer, Gustav, John C. Wenger and Glenn Penner. (June 2018). Albrecht (Allbrecht, Albright) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2020, from,_Albright)_family&oldid=160919.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 34-35. All rights reserved.

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