Show ContentsBehrmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Behrmann is generally thought to be derived from the word "bier" and "mann, " which translates to "beer-man." Thus the original bearer of the name was likely a tavern owner, a brewer, or someone whose occupation involved beer.

Alternatively, the name could have been a nickname for someone who had "bear-like" qualities and in "bear man."

Early Origins of the Behrmann family

The surname Behrmann was first found in the region of the Rhineland-Palatinate, where the ancestors of bearers of the Behrmann surname were an integral part of the local communities, and contributed to the development of the Feudal System that became the backbone of early European society. Records of this surname in Germany date back as far as the thirteenth century. In the year 1290, there were two men bearing this name: Rudolf, and Wernher genannt (called) die Biermenlin in the town of Esslingen. There is also a record of a Werner der Bierman, whose name appeared in a document in Wurttemburg in 1349.

Early History of the Behrmann family

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Behrmann Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bier, Bierman, Biermann, Behrman, Behrmann and others.

Early Notables of the Behrmann family (pre 1700)

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United States Behrmann migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Behrmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elenora Behrmann, aged only 9 months old, who arrived in Indiana in 1857
  • Hans Behrmann, who settled in Colorado in 1887

Australia Behrmann migration to Australia +

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

Behrmann Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joh. Behrmann, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Contemporary Notables of the name Behrmann (post 1700) +

  • Theodore Behrmann, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Port de Paix, 1890-93; U.S. Vice Consul in Cape Hatien, 1893-1906 [1]
  • Marlene Behrmann (b. 1959), American Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University
  • S N Behrmann (1893-1973), American Writers Guild of America Award winning screenwriter and film director, known for his work on Quo Vadis (1951), Me and the Colonel (1958) and Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • Walter Emmerich Behrmann (1882-1955), German geographer, best known for introducing a cylindrical map projection known as the "Behrmann projection"
  • Michael Behrmann (b. 1966), German field hockey coach at the 2012 Summer Olympics

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook