Brubeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Brubeck. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname created in the Rhineland was the local name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of the village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, was used with local names. The surname Brubeck was given to someone who lived beside a brook. Brubeck is a topographic surname, which was a type of local name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Early Origins of the Brubeck family

The surname Brubeck was first found in the Rhineland, where the name Breubach came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the family relocated and established themselves in new areas. The acquisition of new estates, combined with their great contributions to society, served to elevate their social status.

Early History of the Brubeck family

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Brubeck Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Brubeck include Breubach, Breubache, Breuback, Breubacke, Brubach, Bruback, Brubacher and many more.

Early Notables of the Brubeck family (pre 1700)

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United States Brubeck migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Brubeck, or one of its variants above:

Brubeck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luis Brubeck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]
Brubeck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • G.F. Brubeck, aged 54, who landed in America from Stuttgart, Germany, in 1903
  • Elmer J. Brubeck, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Brubeck (post 1700) +

  • Iola Brubeck (1924-2014), American jazz lyricist, best known for her "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Take Five", widow of Dave Brubeck
  • Matthew Brubeck (b. 1962), American cellist, bassist, keyboardist, composer and arranger, son of Dave Brubeck
  • Darius Brubeck (b. 1947), American jazz keyboardist and educator, son of Dave Brubeck
  • Christopher "Chris" Brubeck (b. 1952), American musician and composer, son of Dave Brubeck
  • Dave Warren Brubeck (1920-2012), American multi-award winning jazz musician, recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996), Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy (2008) and many more

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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