The surname Brenningmeyer 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. Brenningmeyer is a name for a person who distilled spirits. Brenningmeyer 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.
Early Origins of the Brenningmeyer family
The surname Brenningmeyer 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.
Early History of the Brenningmeyer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brenningmeyer research.Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Brenningmeyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brenningmeyer 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 Brenningmeyer include Brenninger, Brenning, Breninger, Breninnger, Brenningen, Brenningmaier, Brenninkmaier (Netherlands), Brenningmeyer and many more.
Early Notables of the Brenningmeyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brenningmeyer family to the New World and Oceana
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 Atlantic. 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: Hans Jacob Breninger, who came to Philadelphia in 1733. Gustav Brenning came to Philadelphia in 1868. Christian Brenninger came to Philadelphia in 1852.