The German region of the Rhineland
is the ancestral home of the Braur family. In early times, people used only one name, but later, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, they began to encounter others who shared their name. To avoid this confusion hereditary surnames
were adopted. The most commonly found surnames in the Rhineland
are those derived from occupations. Braur was a name for a person who made and sold ale or beer.
Early Origins of the Braur family
The surname Braur was first found in the Rhineland
and Baden, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Braur family
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Braur 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 Braur include Brauer, Braur, Brauere, Braure, Brauerre, Braeuer ( Silesia
and Hessen), Brauers (Rhineland), Breuer, Braeuers, Braeur, Braeurer, Breyer, Breier, Brower (East Friesland), Browers and many more.
Early Notables of the Braur family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braur 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 the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Braur, or one of its variants above: Jacobus Brauer, who arrived in New York State in 1710. Andreas Brauer arrived in Philadelphia in 1750. Johannes Breuer arrived in 1767; while Wilhelm Heinrich Breuer and Gustav Breier both settled in Texas in 1845. Johann Ewald Breyer arrived in Philadelphia in 1749..