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Where did the German Breisch family come from? What is the German Breisch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Breisch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Breisch family history?

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Breisch family. The Breisch surname evolved as a local name for a family that lived near the ford of a river. The name Breisch is derived from the Lower German word brôk, which means water meadow or marsh, and refers to a person who lived by or near a watery or marshy land. The name Breisch is also associated with the region known as Brutsche, which is situated near the town of Marienwerder in the northeastern German province of Prussia and many of those who are named Breisch were born in this region. The name Breisch can also be of nickname origin, derived from the German word bruoch which means short pants.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Breisch include Brutscher, Brutsher, Breutscher, Breutsher, Brutescher, Brutesher, Bruttscher, Bruttsher, Brutsch, Brutsche, Brueschke and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Brutscher emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breisch research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 175 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Breisch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Breisch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Breisch or a variant listed above:

Breisch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Breisch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764

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The Breisch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breisch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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