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Early Origins of the Brees family

The surname Brees was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Brees family

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Brees Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Breese, Brees, Brese, Breeze, Breze and others.

Early Notables of the Brees family (pre 1700)

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United States Brees migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Brees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Mary Brees, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]

New Zealand Brees migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brees Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel C Brees, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Brougham
  • Samuel Charles Brees, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Brees (post 1700) +

  • Herbert Jay Brees (1877-1958), American lieutenant general in the United States Army from Laramie, Wyoming
  • Drew Christopher Brees (b. 1979), American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Sports Illustrated 2010 Sportsman of the Year, MVP of Super Bowl XLIV
  • Orlo Marion Brees (1896-1980), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Broome County 2nd District, 1941-52; Member of New York State Senate 45th District, 1952 [2]
  • John Brees, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1832-34 [2]
  • Samuel Charles Brees (1810-1865), New Zealand artist, surveyor and engineer who died at sea on the La Hogue off Blackwall, London

  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 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook