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Origins Available: German, Irish


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The surname Brehm was 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.

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


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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.

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

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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


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  • 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)
  • Marshall A. Brehm, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 36th District, 1970
  • Marie Caroline Brehm (1859-1926), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for University of Illinois trustee, 1902, 1904, 1908; Prohibition Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1924
  • Ken Brehm, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2012
  • Keith Brehm, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • John W. Brehm, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 21st District, 1946
  • Evelyn Brehm, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964
  • Emil F. Brehm, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Osceola County, 1916
  • Russel Brehm, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Nebraska, 1972

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  1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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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