Achenbach last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Achenbach is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Achenbach.

Meaning of Achenbach

Derived from a German topographic name referring to someone living near a stream or brook flowing through oak trees.

Achenbach, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Achenbach surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Achenbach in America

Achenbach is the 18128th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Achenbach surname appeared 1,536 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 people would have the surname Achenbach.

We can also compare 2010 data for Achenbach to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 18128 17671 2.55%
Count 1,536 1,464 4.80%
Proportion per 100k 0.52 0.54 -3.77%

The history of the last name Achenbach

The surname Achenbach is of German origin, originating in the 16th century. It is a locational name derived from the place name Achenbach, a town located in the district of Euskirchen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The name is composed of the German words "Achen" meaning "oak" and "Bach" meaning "stream" or "brook," suggesting that the name referred to a stream or brook near an oak tree or oak forest.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Achenbach can be found in the church records of the town of Achenbach itself, dating back to the late 16th century. In 1597, a man named Johann Achenbach was listed as a resident of the town. This suggests that the surname was already well-established in the area by that time.

The name Achenbach also appears in various historical documents throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly in records related to the region around the town of Achenbach. For example, in 1674, a man named Hans Achenbach was listed as a landowner in the nearby town of Satzvey.

One notable individual with the surname Achenbach was Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910), a German landscape painter from the Düsseldorf School of Painting. He was renowned for his detailed and realistic depictions of natural landscapes, particularly those of the German and Italian countryside.

Another significant figure was Oskar Achenbach (1827-1905), the younger brother of Andreas Achenbach. He was also a painter and part of the Düsseldorf School, known for his landscapes and seascapes.

In the 19th century, the surname Achenbach also gained prominence in the field of engineering. Ernst Achenbach (1808-1878) was a German civil engineer and inventor who made significant contributions to the construction of railways and bridges.

Johann Friedrich Achenbach (1765-1827) was a German theologian and philosopher who wrote extensively on moral philosophy and ethics. His works were influential in shaping the intellectual discourse of his time.

Georg Traugott Achenbach (1768-1827) was a German painter and etcher, known for his intricate and detailed landscape paintings of the Baroque era.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Achenbach

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Achenbach.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Achenbach was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 96.29% 1,479
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.98% 15
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.04% 16
Hispanic Origin 1.17% 18

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Achenbach has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 96.29% 97.34% -1.08%
Black (S)% (S)% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.98% 0.68% 36.14%
American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races 1.04% 1.30% -22.22%
Hispanic 1.17% (S)% (S)%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Achenbach was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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