Breck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Breck family

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.

Early History of the Breck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breck research. Another 86 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Breck family (pre 1700)

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United States Breck migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. 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 America. 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 [1]
  • Robert Breck, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1649 [1]
Breck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Breck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Breck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John M Breck, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

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 [2]
  • Joseph Hunt Breck (1831-1907), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County; Elected 1897 [2]
  • John M. Breck, American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1861-62 [2]
  • David F. Breck, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1985 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Betty Breck, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1986 [2]
  • Breck McKinley, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1986 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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