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The name Breit comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames, so as to remain distinct from others using the same personal (first) name. Local names derived from place names, were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Breit was a name for some one lived near a wide brook or body of water. Breit is a topographic surname, a type of name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Breit Early Origins



The surname Breit was first found in the Rhineland, where the name Breidbach became noted for its many branches with the region, with each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.

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Breit Spelling Variations


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Breit 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 Breit include Breidbach, Breidbache, Breidback, Breidbacke, Breidbakke, Breidbauch, Breidebach, Breitbache, Breitbach, Breitback, Breitbacke, Breitbakke, Breitbauch, Bredebach, Bredebache, Bredeback, Bredebacke, Breidbacher, Breidbacker, Breidbeck, Breidbecker, Breitbacher, Breitbacker, Breitbeck and many more.

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Breit Early History


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Breit Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breit research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1690 is included under the topic Early Breit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breit Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Breit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Breit were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Breit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ludwig Breit, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741

Breit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miss Breit, who arrived in New York in 1873
  • Catherine Breit, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1876
  • John Breit, who landed in Kansas in 1876
  • Peter Breit, who arrived in Kansas in 1876
  • Johannes Breit, who arrived in Kansas in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breit (post 1700)



  • P. C. Breit, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Andrew County, 1933-34
  • Jeffrey Breit, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2004
  • Herman R. Breit, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Missouri State House of Representatives from Andrew County, 1964

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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    The Breit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breit 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 February 2016 at 10:22.

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