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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Brayman surname. Brayman was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Brayman was a name for someone who lived beside a marshy region. The surname Brayman originally derived from the Old German word Brede which referred to a marsh. Brayman is a topographic surname, a type of local name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Brayman Early Origins



The surname Brayman was first found in the Rhineland, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on, the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The name derives from the word "Brede," which describes an area of marshy land; Breymann or Breymeyer are variations of Bredemann or Breymeyer.

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Brayman Spelling Variations


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Brayman 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 Brayman include Breymann, Breyman, Breymeyer, Breymeier, Breymaier, Breimann, Breiman, Braymann and many more.

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Brayman Early History


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Brayman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brayman research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1793 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Brayman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brayman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brayman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brayman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Brayman, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brayman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Brayman, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Brayman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Brayman, who arrived in Canada in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brayman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brayman (post 1700)



  • Stephen A. Brayman, American politician, Mayor of College Park, Maryland, 2001-
  • J. B. Brayman, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1964, 1966

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Brayman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brayman 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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