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Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Brecht is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Austria were the patronymic surnames, a type of name derived from the given name of the bearer's father, and metronymic surnames, derived from the given name of the bearer's mother. Patronyms are derived from a variety of given names of many different origins.

Brecht Early Origins



The surname Brecht was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

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Brecht Spelling Variations


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Brecht 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 Brecht include Brecht, Brechte, Brechter, Breck, Breckt, Breckte and others.

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Brecht Early History


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Brecht Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brecht research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1858 and 1858 are included under the topic Early Brecht History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brecht Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brecht Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brecht 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



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brecht or a variant listed above:

Brecht Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Brecht, who came to Pennsylvania with two sons in 1726-27
  • Mrs. Brecht, who arrived in America in 1726
  • Johann Brecht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1726
  • Mrs. Johann Brecht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1726
  • Johann Michael Brecht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1726
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brecht Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Victor Brecht, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • F. Brecht settled in Texas in 1853
  • Albert Brecht, aged 28, landed in New York in 1854
  • Jakob Brecht, who landed in North America in 1857
  • Johannes Brecht, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brecht Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Georg Brecht came to Canada in 1783 with the United Empire Loyalists

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brecht (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brecht (post 1700)



  • Stefan Brecht (1924-2009), German-born American poet, critic, and scholar of theater
  • George Brecht (1926-2008), American conceptual artist
  • John C. Brecht, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 19th District, 1944; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Kurt Brecht (b. 1961), American vocalist and author
  • Arnold Brecht (1884-1977), German jurist and one of the leading government officials in the Weimar Republic
  • Jürgen Brecht (b. 1940), German Olympic fencer
  • Martin Brecht (b. 1932), German Church historian, professor emeritus in the Department of Medieval and Modern Church History at the University of Münster, Westphalia, Germany
  • Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, playwright, poet and lyricist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

    The Brecht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brecht 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 10:37.

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