Bretschneider History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Bretschneider family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Bretschneider is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a carpenter or a person who worked making shelves and other wooden objects. The name Bretschneider was originally derived from the Old Germanic word Brett, which means carpenter. It was given to a person who ran a sawmill or a lumber merchant. By the Middle Ages, the Bretschneider family had been elevated to the ranks of the nobility and had become extremely involved in the local social, economic and political affairs of Bavaria. It acquired a prestigious reputation for its contribution to the development of the district. The social status and prestige of the Bretschneider family was increased when it expanded and acquired distant estates in other areas of Germany.

Early Origins of the Bretschneider family

The surname Bretschneider was first found in Bavaria, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. There is record of a Sydel Bretsnyder in 1372 in Liegnitz and a Peter Bretsnyder in Breslau in 1397.

Jakob Bretschneider is listed as living in Dippoldiswalde in 1499 in a document called "Die Matrikel des Hochstifts Merseburg" which chronicles Germanic surnames. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile. Bret or Brett are short forms of the name Brettschneider, a name meaning a person running a sawmill or a lumber merchant.

Early History of the Bretschneider family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretschneider research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1880, 1844, 1776 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Bretschneider History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bretschneider Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bretschneider include Bret, Brett, Brette, Bretsch, Brettschneider, Bretsnyder, Brettschnyder and many more.

Early Notables of the Bretschneider family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Bretschneider in this period include Friedrich Wilhelm Bretschneider, a lieutenant field-marshal in the Austrian army and at one time the commandant of the Italian city...
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United States Bretschneider migration to the United States +

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Bretschneider surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Bretschneider Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Augustus Bretschneider, who settled in Philadelphia in 1852
  • Egmont Bretschneider, who settled in Philadelphia in 1854
  • Julius Bretschneider, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Gustav Bretschneider, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Bretschneider (post 1700) +

  • H. C. Bretschneider, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1956 [2]
  • Heinrich Gottfried von Bretschneider (1739-1810), German satirical writer
  • Frank Bretschneider (b. 1956), German electronic musician
  • Emil Bretschneider (1833-1901), Baltic German sinologist
  • Carl Anton Bretschneider (1808-1878), German mathematician, eponym of Bretschneider's Formula
  • Karl Gottlieb Bretschneider (1776-1848), German theologian

  • Heinz Bretschneider (1908-1941), German Oberfunkmeister who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook
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