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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Breitenstein, Britenstine, Bridenstine, Bridenstein, Breitenberg, Breittenberg, Breitenberge, Breidenbergs, Breidenbberg, Breitenbach, Breidenbach, Breidenstein, Breitenberger, Breitenbuck, von Riedt and many more.

First found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The name would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breidenstein research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1690, 1837, 1856, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Breidenstein History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Breidenstein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Breidenstein, who came to America in 1776
  • Elias Breidenstein, who settled in New York, NY in 1782
  • Elias Breidenstein, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Breidenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Breidenstein, who came to Philadelphia in 1840

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  • Major Wilhelm Breidenstein, German Operations Officer of the 708th Infantry Division (Wehrmacht) (1943-1944)
  • Carl Heinrich Breidenstein (1796-1876), Germany's first professor of musicology
  • Angela Breidenstein, professor at Trinity University


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