Behrens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Behrens family

The surname Behrens was first found in Saxony, where the name Behrent was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Behrens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Behrens research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1630, 1714 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Behrens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Behrens Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Behrend, Behrent, Behrente, Behrentes, Behren, Behrens, Behrend, Behrends, Behrens, Berent, Berend, Berends and many more.

Early Notables of the Behrens family (pre 1700)

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United States Behrens migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Behrens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Carl Behrens, age 35, who arrived in America in 1776
  • Heinr Behrens, who arrived in America in 1778 [1]
  • Heinrich Behrens, who landed in America in 1780 [1]
  • Carl Behrens, who arrived in America in 1780 [1]
  • Christ Behrens, who landed in Long Island in 1781 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Behrens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dietr Behrens, who landed in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Eibe Behrens, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Peter Behrens, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Carl Heinr Sigmund Behrens, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Conrad Behrens, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Behrens migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Behrens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Behrens, who landed in Quebec in 1850
  • Fritz Behrens, who landed in Quebec in 1850
  • Georg Behrens, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Heinrich Behrens, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Johann Behrens, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Behrens migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Behrens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J.G. Behrens, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert" [2]
  • Catherine Behrens, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [3]
  • Jacob Behrens, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [4]

New Zealand Behrens migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Behrens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. B. Behrens, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [5]
  • Mr. P. Behrens, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Behrens (post 1700) +

  • William H. Behrens, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Allamakee County, 1950 [6]
  • William H. Behrens, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1904 [6]
  • William E. F. Behrens, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 19th District, 1902; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904 [6]
  • H. F. Behrens, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1897-1900 [6]
  • Ferd G. Behrens, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1940 [6]
  • F. William Behrens, American Republican politician, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1926-29 [6]
  • E. T. Behrens, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1908 [6]
  • Jack Behrens (b. 1935), American-born, Canadian composer, music educator, and writer
  • Vice Admiral William Wohlsen Behrens (1922-1986), American military officer, who achieved the rank of admiral in the U.S. Navy, instrumental in establishing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Sam Behrens (b. 1950), American Soap Opera Digest Award winning actor
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Jonny Behrens (1920-1941), German Matrose Dienstpflichtiger who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Günther Behrens (1918-1941), German Schreibersmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Fritz Behrens (1909-1941), German Oberleutnant M1A1 who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Arnhold Behrens (1912-1941), German Funkmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]


  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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GELLERT 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Gellert.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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