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

Bressler Early Origins



The surname Bressler 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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Bressler Spelling Variations


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Bressler 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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Bressler Early History


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Bressler Early History



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

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Bressler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bressler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Bressler 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 Bressler 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:

Bressler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Bressler, aged 9, arrived in New York in 1710
  • Anna Eliz Bressler, aged 14, landed in New York in 1710
  • Anna Gertrude Bressler, aged 12, arrived in New York in 1710
  • Anthony Bressler, aged 5, landed in New York in 1710
  • Christina Bressler, aged 36, landed in New York in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bressler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Bressler came to New Orleans in 1820
  • Friedrick Bressler, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • George Bressler, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1848
  • Charles E Bressler, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bressler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bressler (post 1700)



  • Raymond Bloom "Rube" Bressler (1894-1966), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1914 to 1916
  • Charles Bressler (1926-1996), American tenor
  • F. F. Bressler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896
  • Estelle M. Bressler, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 (alternate), 1996
  • C. H. Bressler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856
  • Steven L Bressler, Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bressler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bressler 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 28 December 2015 at 19:33.

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