The ancient roots of the Brakenhofer family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. The Brakenhofer surname, was a local
name, for someone who lived in a place called Brackenhofer. There are numerous areas in Germany
that are named Brackenhofer or Pracht. Brakenhofer is also nickname
type of surname derived from the Low German Brackenhofer,
which means brushwood, bushes,
and this name was given to a person who lived near a wooded or brushy area. Alternatively, the name is also a nickname
, derived from the German word braht,
which means noise or loud,
for a boisterous person.
Early Origins of the Brakenhofer family
The surname Brakenhofer was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Brackenhofer became noted for its numerous branches throughout the region. Each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region, and resulted in the Brackenhofer allegiance being actively sought by these same princes. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves as members of the family were elevated to the ranks of nobility, an honor which served to further enhance their prominence within Bavaria.
Early History of the Brakenhofer family
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Brakenhofer 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 Brakenhofer include Brakenhofer, Brackenhoffer, Brachenhofer, Brachenhoffer, Brakkenhofer, Brakkenhoffer, Brackenho, Braeckenhofer, Braeckenhoffer, Brachenhofer, Braechenhoffer, Braekkenhofer, Braekkenhoffer, Breckenhofer, Breckenhoffer, Brechenhofer, Brechenhoffer, Brekkenhofer, Brekkenhoffer and many more.
Early Notables of the Brakenhofer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brakenhofer family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Brakenhofer surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Heinrich Brackenhof, who came to New York City in 1847 as well as other people who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..