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

Breslow Early Origins



The surname Breslow 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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Breslow Spelling Variations


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Breslow 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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Breslow Early History


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Breslow Early History



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

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Breslow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Breslow Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Breslow 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 Breslow 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:

Breslow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Breslow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Breslow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Breslow (post 1700)



  • Ronald Breslow (b. 1931), American chemist, University Professor at Columbia University, recipient of the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1966), NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (1989), National Medal of Science (1991), Priestley Medal (1999), Othmer Gold Medal (2006), Perkin Medal (2010) and the AIC Gold Medal (2014)
  • Norman Edward Breslow (b. 1941), American statistician and medical researcher, Professor (Emeritus) of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, of the University of Washington
  • Lou Breslow (1900-1987), American screenwriter and film director, known for his work for Laurel and Hardy in their first two films at 20th Century Fox and Abbott and Costello
  • Craig Breslow (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Marc Breslow (d. 2015), American television director, specializing in game shows for Mark Goodson Productions, known for his work on the 1972 version of The Price Is Right
  • David Breslow, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 9th District, 1930; Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1932, 1935; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1938
  • Lester Breslow (1915-2012), American physician and prominent figure in the field of public health

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    11. ...

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