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

Bratcher Early Origins



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

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Bratcher Spelling Variations


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Bratcher 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 Bratcher 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.

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Bratcher Early History


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Bratcher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bratcher research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1637 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Bratcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bratcher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bratcher Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Bratcher or a variant listed above:

Bratcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Austin Bratcher, who landed in New England in 1630 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Bratcher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Bratcher, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Frederick Bratcher, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1919
  • H. Bratcher, who emigrated to the United States from Marshwood, in 1919
  • Fred Bratcher, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Harry Bratcher, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bratcher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bratcher (post 1700)



  • Clifton Rhodes Bratcher (1917-1977), United States federal judge
  • Joseph Warwick Bratcher (1898-1977), American Major League Baseball outfielder

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  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)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  11. ...

The Bratcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bratcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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