Brabec History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Brabec. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Brabec family originally lived in the duchy of Brabant, which was in what is now Belgium and the Southern Netherlands.
Early Origins of the Brabec family
The surname Brabec was first found in Westphalia, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Brabec family
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Brabec Spelling Variations
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 Brabec include Brabeck, Brabbeck, Brabech, Brabeche, Brabek, Brabeke, Brabekke and many more.
Early Notables of the Brabec family (pre 1700)
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Brabec migration to the United States +
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were:
Brabec Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anten Brabec, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882 
- Josef Brabec, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882 
Contemporary Notables of the name Brabec (post 1700) +
- Vladimír Brabec (1934-2017), Czech actor
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)