The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Brechenhofen family. Brechenhofen is a local
name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in a place called Brackenhofer. There are numerous areas in Germany
that are named Brackenhofer or Pracht. Brechenhofen is also nickname
type of surname derived from the Low German Brackenhofer,
which means brushwood, bushes,
and this name was given to a person who lived near a wooded or brushy area. Alternatively, the name is also a nickname
, derived from the German word braht,
which means noise or loud,
for a boisterous person.
Early Origins of the Brechenhofen family
The surname Brechenhofen was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Brackenhofer became noted for its numerous branches throughout the region. Each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region, and resulted in the Brackenhofer allegiance being actively sought by these same princes. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves as members of the family were elevated to the ranks of nobility, an honor which served to further enhance their prominence within Bavaria.
Early History of the Brechenhofen family
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Brechenhofen 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 Brechenhofen include Brakenhofer, Brackenhoffer, Brachenhofer, Brachenhoffer, Brakkenhofer, Brakkenhoffer, Brackenho, Braeckenhofer, Braeckenhoffer, Brachenhofer, Braechenhoffer, Braekkenhofer, Braekkenhoffer, Breckenhofer, Breckenhoffer, Brechenhofer, Brechenhoffer, Brekkenhofer, Brekkenhoffer and many more.
Early Notables of the Brechenhofen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brechenhofen family to the New World and Oceana
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 Brechenhofens to arrive in North America, and among them were: Heinrich Brackenhof, who came to New York City in 1847 as well as other people who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..