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The letters "b" and "p" are pronounced similarly in the German language, and were virtually interchangeable prior to the standardization of spelling in recent centuries. Thus the surname Breitkreuz, can appear with either letter, creating both Breitzke and Pritzke. There are several possible origins for the Breitkreuz surname. There are two towns named Britz in the Brandenburg region. One is a southern suburb of Berlin, the other, a settlement approximately twenty-five miles northeast of Berlin. Either may have inspired the surname. The surname Breitkreuz, can also be patronymic, derived from the father of the original bearer. Breitkreuz would then be based upon a short form of the Slavic personal name Pribislaw. Priczlaus and Prinzel were names found in Breslau around 1300, and Preczlaus Kuschmalcz was an episcopal vassal in Silesia in 1404. The surname may also have originated with a nickname, such as "Britsch" which was used to describe a person who was perceived as "bad-tempered" or "irritable."

Breitkreuz Early Origins



The surname Breitkreuz was first found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Jacobus dictus der Britschen lived in Mainz in 1315, as did Jakob zur Britzen in 1338 and Jekeln Peter Britschen in 1356. Hanss Brittsch was a farmer and a weaver in Kempten in 1575. Valtin Pritzman was a resident of Brandenburg in 1597.

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Breitkreuz Spelling Variations


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Breitkreuz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Breitkreitz, Britzke, Breitzke, Breitz, Britz, Britzkretz, Breitkreuz, Britzmann, Bretzmann, Brietzke, Britzkow, Pritzke and many more.

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Breitkreuz Early History


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Breitkreuz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breitkreuz research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1776 and 1853 are included under the topic Early Breitkreuz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breitkreuz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breitkreuz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breitkreuz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Breitkreuz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Justina Breitkreuz arrived in New York in 1878
  • Justina Breitkreuz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1878
  • Wilhelm Breitkreuz, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breitkreuz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breitkreuz (post 1700)



  • Brett Breitkreuz (b. 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Garry W. Breitkreuz (b. 1945), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Yorkton-Melville (1993-)
  • Clifford N. Breitkreuz (b. 1940), Canadian farmer and politician, Member of Parliament Yellowhead (1993–2000)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Breitkreuz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breitkreuz 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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