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Bretz Early Origins



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.

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Bretz Spelling Variations


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Bretz Spelling Variations



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

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Bretz Early History


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Bretz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bretz research. Another 191 words (14 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.

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Bretz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bretz Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bretz 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:

Bretz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Wilhelm Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Philip Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Wendel Bretz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johannes Bretz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • ... (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, arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Johann Bretz, who landed in North America in 1855
  • John Philipp Bretz, who landed in New York in 1857
  • 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.)

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bretz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bretz (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Bretz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bretz 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 25 November 2015 at 10:11.

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