Breck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Breck is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived near a newly cultivated piece of land. The surname Breck is derived from the Old English word bræc.
Early Origins of the Breck family
The surname Breck was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat at Breche as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Breck family
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Breck Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Breck family name include Breach, Brech, Britch and others.
Early Notables of the Breck family (pre 1700)
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Breck migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Breck surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Breck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Breck, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636 
- Robert Breck, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1649 
Breck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Adam Breck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 
Breck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John M Breck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Contemporary Notables of the name Breck (post 1700) +
- Samuel Breck (1771-1862), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1817-21, 1832-34; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1823-25 
- Joseph Hunt Breck (1831-1907), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County; Elected 1897 
- John M. Breck, American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1861-62 
- David F. Breck, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1985 
- Daniel Breck (1788-1871), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1824-27, 1834; Justice of Kentucky State Supreme Court, 1843-49; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1849-51 
- Betty Breck, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1986 
- Breck McKinley, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1986 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html