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It was in the ancient duchy of Saxony, a land with a long and glorious history, that the noble surname Bresler 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 Bresler 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.

Bresler Early Origins



The surname Bresler 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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Bresler Spelling Variations


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Bresler 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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Bresler Early History


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Bresler Early History



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

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Bresler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bresler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Bresler 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 Bresler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bresler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nikolas Bresler came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Georg Adam Bresler came to Philadelphia in 1765

Bresler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Clara Bresler, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Anna Bresler, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1892
  • A. Bresler, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Chas. E. Bresler, aged 75, who landed in America, in 1893

Bresler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abraham Bresler, aged 29, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Abram Bresler, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Adolph D. Bresler, who settled in America, in 1916
  • Adolphus Bresler, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Arnold Hendrik Bresler, aged 29, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bresler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bresler (post 1700)



  • Douglas Carlton "Doog" Bresler (b. 1979), American producer, director, animator and musician
  • Jerry Bresler (1908-1977), American Oscar winning songwriter
  • Charles S. Bresler, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State Comptroller, 1966
  • Benjamin Bresler, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1964; Member of Michigan Socialist Labor State Central Committee, 1965
  • Anton Bresler (b. 1988), South African rugby union player

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    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. 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).
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    11. ...

    The Bresler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bresler 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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