Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Brachner family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Brachner is an occupational surname for master of hunting dogs. Further research showed the name was derived from the German word bracke. The surname Brachner was also a nickname for a person that resembled a hunting dog. Moreover, the surname Brachner is a nickname for a boisterous person, which is derived from the German word braht, which means loud or noise.
Early Origins of the Brachner family
Bavaria, where this distinguished family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.
Early History of the Brachner family
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Brachner Spelling Variations
Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brachner 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 Brachner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brachner family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: James Bracke who settled in Virginia in 1666; Rudolph Brack, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733; Anne Brack, age 30; who arrived in New York in 1851 with Jacob, age 9 months.
Contemporary Notables of the name Brachner (post 1700)
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