Show ContentsBrau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Brau comes from the ancient German state of Bavaria. It is a nickname surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, that described characteristics of the people who originally carried them. Brau is a name for a person who enjoys life or one who is accustomed to pleasure having derived from the German word brauch, which is derived from the German word bruchen, which means to enjoy. The nickname was originally found in Bavaria, where the name branched into many houses, which each played a significant role in local social and political affairs. Moreover, the Brau family acquired a prestigious reputation for its contribution to the development of the region of Bavaria.

Early Origins of the Brau family

The surname Brau was first found in Bavaria, where this family name was an important contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Brauch became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other influential families within the region and the nation.

Early History of the Brau family

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Brau 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 Brau include Brauch, Brauche, Brauck, Braucke, Braukk, Braukke and others.

Early Notables of the Brau family

Prominent among members of the name Brau in this period include

  • The von Brauch family of Bavaria

Brau Ranking

In France, the name Brau is the 7,323rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 1

United States Brau migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Braus to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Brau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Widow Brau, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763 2
  • Antoine Brau, who landed in Connecticut in 1763 2
Brau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bartolome Brau, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1830 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Brau (post 1700) +

  • Pablo de la Torriente Brau (1901-1936), Cuban writer
  • Mariano Brau (b. 1982), Argentine footballer
  • Edgar Brau, Argentine writer, stage director and artist
  • Salvador Brau (1842-1912), Puerto Rican journalist, poet and writer

  2. 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) on Facebook