The ancient roots of the Brekenhofen family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. Brekenhofen was a local
name, for someone who lived in a place called Brackenhofer. There are numerous areas in Germany
that are named Brackenhofer or Pracht. Brekenhofen is also nickname
type of surname derived from the Low German Brackenhofer,
which means brushwood, bushes,
and this name was given to a person who lived near a wooded or brushy area. Alternatively, the name is also a nickname
, derived from the German word braht,
which means noise or loud,
for a boisterous person.
Early Origins of the Brekenhofen family
The surname Brekenhofen was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Brackenhofer became noted for its numerous branches throughout the region. Each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region, and resulted in the Brackenhofer allegiance being actively sought by these same princes. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves as members of the family were elevated to the ranks of nobility, an honor which served to further enhance their prominence within Bavaria.
Early History of the Brekenhofen family
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Brekenhofen 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 Brekenhofen include Brakenhofer, Brackenhoffer, Brachenhofer, Brachenhoffer, Brakkenhofer, Brakkenhoffer, Brackenho, Braeckenhofer, Braeckenhoffer, Brachenhofer, Braechenhoffer, Braekkenhofer, Braekkenhoffer, Breckenhofer, Breckenhoffer, Brechenhofer, Brechenhoffer, Brekkenhofer, Brekkenhoffer and many more.
Early Notables of the Brekenhofen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brekenhofen family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Brekenhofen surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Heinrich Brackenhof, who came to New York City in 1847 as well as other people who settled on the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..