Bracke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Bracke family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Bracke is an occupational surname for master of hunting dogs. Further research showed the name was derived from the German word bracke. The surname Bracke was also a nickname for a person that resembled a hunting dog. Moreover, the surname Bracke is a nickname for a boisterous person, which is derived from the German word braht, which means loud or noise.
Early Origins of the Bracke family
The surname Bracke was first found in Bavaria, where this distinguished family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.
Early History of the Bracke family
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Bracke 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 Bracke 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 Bracke family (pre 1700)
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Bracke migration to the United States +
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bracke or a variant listed above:
Bracke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Bracke who settled in Virginia in 1666
- James Bracke, who landed in Virginia in 1666 
Bracke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Bracke, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 
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)