Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Braselton is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Braselton was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the name emerged in medieval times. In the Middle Ages, the Braselton family possessed vast estates and became accustomed to the splendors of feudal courts. As members of the landed aristocracy, they played an instrumental role in the social, economic and political development of Bavaria.
Early Origins of the Braselton family
Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Bresselau became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.
Early History of the Braselton family
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Braselton Spelling Variations
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 Braselton include Bresselau, Breselau, Brezelau, Bressellau, Bresellau, Brezellau, Bresselow, Breselow, Brezelow, Bresselaw, Breselaw, Brezelaw, Bressellaw, Bresellaw, Braesselau, Braeselau, Braezelau, Braessellau, Braesellau, Braezellau, Braesselow, Braeselow, Braezelow, Braesselaw, Braeselaw, Braezelaw, Braessellaw, Braesellaw, Brasselau, Braselau, Brazelau, Brassellau, Brasellau, Brazellau, Brasselow, Braselow, Brazelow, Brasselaw, Brasellaw, Brazellaw, Brasselaw, Brazelaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Braselton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braselton 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: Isaac Bresselau, who settled in New York in 1829; James Brasel, who arrived in Missouri in 1840; Edward Brasel, who arrived in Allegheny Co., PA in 1876.
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