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The surname Breninger was first used as a hereditary surname in the ancient German province of Westphalia. It identified its original bearer by occupation. Surnames of this type became popular in Germany after the 12th century. Breninger is a name for a person who distilled spirits. Breninger is a German and Jewish name that was originally derived from the German word brenner, which as a derivative of the word brennen, means a burner. This name also refers to a person who cleared forests by burning.

Breninger Early Origins



The surname Breninger was first found in Westphalia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Breninger Spelling Variations


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Breninger Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Breninger include Brenninger, Brenning, Breninger, Breninnger, Brenningen, Brenningmaier, Brenninkmaier (Netherlands), Brenningmeyer and many more.

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Breninger Early History


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Breninger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breninger research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Breninger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breninger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breninger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breninger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Breninger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Breninger, who setted in Philadelphia in 1733

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Breninger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breninger 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 6 November 2014 at 13:59.

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