Saxony, a land with a long and glorious history, that the noble surname Bresslauer 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 Bresslauer 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.
Early Origins of the Bresslauer family
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.
Early History of the Bresslauer family
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Bresslauer Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bressler, Bresler, Bressler, Breslau, Breslauer, Breslow (common to North America), Bressel and many more.
Early Notables of the Bresslauer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bresslauer family to the New World and Oceana
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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