This is a Dutch form of an Olde German personal name Engelbert or Ingelbert composed of the elements 'engel' meaning 'angle' the name of a Germanic folk hero, plus 'berht', bright or famous. The name usually translated as 'Angle-glorious', is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 in the Latinized form 'Engelbricus'. One Engelbricht de (of) Stanlega appears in the 1176 Pipe Rolls of Somerset. The surname from this source is recorded in the early 13th century (see below). The name was very popular in France during the Middle Ages as a result of it having been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemange. On January 31st, 1795, one Daniel Engelbrecht married an Ann Davies in St. George's church, Hanover Square, Westminster and on February 10th 1824, the marriage of Elizabeth Engelbrecht and William Archer is recorded in St. James, Paddington. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Ingelberd. which was dated 1230 The Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire. during the reign of King Edward III 'The Father of the Navy' 1227-1277. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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