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The surname Brenninger 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. Brenninger is a name for a person who distilled spirits. Brenninger 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.

Brenninger Early Origins



The surname Brenninger 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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Brenninger Spelling Variations


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Brenninger Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Brenninger include Brenninger, Brenning, Breninger, Breninnger, Brenningen, Brenningmaier, Brenninkmaier (Netherlands), Brenningmeyer and many more.

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Brenninger Early History


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Brenninger Early History



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

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Brenninger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brenninger Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Brenninger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Martin Brenninger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Brenninger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Brenninger came to Philadelphia in 1852
  • Frederick Brenninger landed in Philadelphia in 1873
  • Charles Brenninger arrived in Philadelphia in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brenninger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brenninger (post 1700)



  • Floyd K. Brenninger, American politician, Burgess of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 1960

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Brenninger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brenninger 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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