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Similar to many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Breck 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.

Breck Early Origins



The surname Breck 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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Breck Spelling Variations


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

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Breck Early History


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Breck Early History



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

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Breck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breck Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Breck were

Breck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Breck, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Robert Breck, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1649

Breck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Breck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Breck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John M Breck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breck (post 1700)



  • Samuel Breck (1771-1862), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1817-21, 1832-34; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1823-25
  • Joseph Hunt Breck (1831-1907), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County; Elected 1897
  • John M. Breck, American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1861-62
  • David F. Breck, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1985
  • Daniel Breck (1788-1871), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1824-27, 1834; Justice of Kentucky State Supreme Court, 1843-49; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 6th District, 1849-51
  • Betty Breck, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1986

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    4. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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    The Breck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breck 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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