Bretz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bretz family

The surname Bretz was first found in Baden, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The distinguished Bretz family held a family seat in Swabia.

Early History of the Bretz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretz research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1774 and 1863 are included under the topic Early Bretz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bretz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bretz, Bretzenheim, Bretzingen and others.

Early Notables of the Bretz family (pre 1700)

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United States Bretz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bretz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Wilhelm Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Philip Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Wendel Bretz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johannes Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bretz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Bretz, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832 [1]
  • Johann Bretz, who landed in North America in 1855 [1]
  • John Philipp Bretz, who landed in New York in 1857 [1]
  • Friedrich Bretz, who arrived in New Orleans in 1867
  • Christ Bretz, who arrived in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bretz migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bretz Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jacob, Bretz Jr., who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Elizabeth Bretz, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Bretz (post 1700) +

  • George M. Bretz (1842-1895), American photographer
  • Greg Bretz (b. 1990), American Olympic snowboarder
  • J Harlen Bretz (1882-1981), American geologist, first to recognize evidence of the Missoula Floods, also known as the Bretz Floods
  • John L. Bretz (1852-1920), U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Julian Pleasant Bretz (1876-1951), American Democrat politician, Chair of Tompkins County Democratic Party, 1936; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942 [2]
  • John Lewis Bretz (1852-1920), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 2nd District, 1891-95; Circuit Judge in Indiana, 1895-1920 [2]
  • Irvin Bretz, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 [2]
  • G. P. Bretz, American politician, Mayor of Lorain, Ohio, 1938 [2]
  • Eleonora Bretz, Greek & Luxembourgish model and beauty contestant
  • George Henry Bretz (b. 1880), Canadian Olympic lacrosse player


  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 http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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