Brack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Brack family

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

Important Dates for the Brack family

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

Brack Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Brack 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 Brack family (pre 1700)

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Brack migration to the United States

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 Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Brack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Brack, who landed in Virginia in 1663-1664 [1]
Brack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Brack, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Johan Michael Brack, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714 [1]
  • Johann Michael Brack, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Hans Michall Brack, who arrived in New York in 1715 [1]
  • Cristina Brack, aged 11, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Brack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J A Brack, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Anne Brack, age 30, who arrived in New York in 1851 with Jacob, age 9 months
  • Karl Brack, who landed in North America in 1858 [1]
  • Maria Brack, aged 29, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [1]
  • Johann Brack, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brack (post 1700)

  • Reginald Kufeld Brack Sr. (b. 1910), prominent American airline executive
  • Walter Brack (1880-1919), German gold and sliver Olympic medalist for swimming at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Robert William Brack (b. 1921), Australian business executive and the director of the Standard Chartered Bank of Australia Ltd
  • Kenny Brack (b. 1966), Swedish race car driver
  • John Brack (1920-1999), Australian painter
  • Bill Brack (b. 1935), Canadian race car driver

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Citations

  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)
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