Bracher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Bracher family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Bracher is an occupational surname for master of hunting dogs. Further research showed the name was derived from the German word bracke. The surname Bracher was also a nickname for a person that resembled a hunting dog. Moreover, the surname Bracher is a nickname for a boisterous person, which is derived from the German word braht, which means loud or noise.

Early Origins of the Bracher family

The surname Bracher was first found in Bavaria, where this distinguished family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.

Early History of the Bracher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bracher research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1637 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Bracher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bracher 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 Bracher include Brack, Bracke, Brach, Brache, Brak, Brakk, Brakke, Bracken, Brakken, Brachen, Bracker, Brakker, Bracher, Brackner, Brakkner, Brachner, Brackel, Brackell, Brachel, Brachell, Brakkel and many more.

Early Notables of the Bracher family (pre 1700)

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United States Bracher migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Brachers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Bracher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catharina Bracher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
Bracher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Georg Bracher, who landed in North America in 1843 [1]
  • E. F. William Bracher, who settled in Philadelphia in 1851

Contemporary Notables of the name Bracher (post 1700) +

  • Karl Dietrich Bracher (1922-2016), German political scientist and historian

  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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