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Where did the German Brehm family come from? What is the German Brehm family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brehm family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brehm family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Brenn, Bren, Brene, Brenne, Brehn, Brehnn and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic, and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brehm research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1804 is included under the topic Early Brehm History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brehm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brehm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Christophel Brehm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

Brehm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinr Brehm, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Johann Peter Brehm, who landed in Ohio in 1837
  • Johann VonDer Brehm, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Johann Brehm, aged 49, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848
  • Sigm Brehm, who landed in New York, NY in 1850


  • William K. Brehm (b. 1929), American businessman and politician, Assistant Secretary of the Army (1968-1970)
  • Walter Ellsworth Brehm (1892-1971), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1943-1953)
  • Marie C Brehm (d. 1926), American Suffragette, who ran for Vice President of the United States in 1924
  • Christian Ludwig Brehm (1787-1864), German pastor and ornithologist, father of Alfred Brehm
  • Alfred Edmund Brehm (1829-1884), German zoologist and writer
  • Cloide Everett "CE" Brehm, American academic, the 15th President of the University of Tennessee (1946-1959)



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  2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  11. ...

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

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