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It was in the ancient duchy of Saxony, a land with a long and glorious history, that the noble surname Breslaw first appeared. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, the Saxons inhabited the territories in north central Germany. However, in the 8th century, the pagan Saxons were conquered by the Carolingian Emperor Charlemagne. Charlemagne, who wanted to protect the Rhineland and convert new souls to Christianity, repeatedly invaded the Saxon lands and baptized the Saxons by force. The Saxons resisted his campaigns for 32 years, but in 782, Charlemagne ordered the execution of nearly 5,000 Saxons in a single day. Saxony submitted to Charlemagne's army and the missionaries that followed. By the 9th century, Frankish control of Saxony was established and the Saxons were gradually converted to Christianity. By the end of the 10th century, the Saxons governed one of the most powerful duchies in Germany. The name Breslaw was first found in Saxony. The name derives from the designation "Breslauer," which describes a person from the city of Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), the former capital of Lower Silesia.

Breslaw Early Origins



The surname Breslaw was first found in Saxony, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic, and political affairs. The name derives from the designation "Breslauer," which describes a person from the city of Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland,) the former capital of Lower Silesia. The progenitor of the oldest line is taken to be Johann Bressler, who in 1395 was Secretary of State to Kaiser Wenzel. His son, Bernhard, acquired estates at Pirschen in the region of Neumark in Silesia. Berhard's great-grandson, Johann Bressler, brought one branch of the family to Strasbourg where descendents are still found today.

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Breslaw Spelling Variations


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Breslaw Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bressler, Bresler, Bressler, Breslau, Breslauer, Breslow (common to North America), Bressel and many more.

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Breslaw Early History


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Breslaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breslaw research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1709, 1792, 1703 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Breslaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Breslaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breslaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Breslaw were Christoph von Bressler, who as a Buergermeister in Neumark was ennobled in 1703 at the hands of Kaiser Rudolph II. His brother, Joachim von Bressler...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breslaw 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 or some of its variants were: Christina Bresller, who came to New York in 1710. Johannes Breslauer came to Philadelphia in 1754; as did Georg Adam Bresler in 1765; and Nikolas Bresler in 1749. M. Breslauer arrived in Texas in 1860.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breslaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breslaw (post 1700)



  • Herbert Breslaw, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 27th District, 1965 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Alfred Breslaw, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 7th District, 1934 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Citations



  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Breslaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breslaw 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 25 November 2015 at 10:08.

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