Similar to many Austrian
family names, the distinguished surname Breckt is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
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 Breckt family
The surname Breckt 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 Breckt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breckt research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1858 and 1858 are included under the topic Early Breckt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Breckt Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Breckt include Brecht, Brechte, Brechter, Breck, Breckt, Breckte and others.
Early Notables of the Breckt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breckt family to the New World and Oceana
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 Breckt were Mrs. Brecht, who came to Pennsylvania with two sons in 1726-27; David Brecht came to Philadelphia in 1731; as did Johann Dietrich Brecht in 1754; Wendel Brecht arrived in Maryland in 1759.