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The German region of the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Breuer family. In early times, people used only one name, but later, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, they began to encounter others who shared their name. To avoid this confusion hereditary surnames were adopted. The most commonly found surnames in the Rhineland are those derived from occupations. Breuer was a name for a person who made and sold ale or beer.

Early Origins of the Breuer family

The surname Breuer was first found in the Rhineland and Baden, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. 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.

Early History of the Breuer family

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Breuer 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 Breuer include Brauer, Braur, Brauere, Braure, Brauerre, Braeuer (Silesia and Hessen), Brauers (Rhineland), Breuer, Braeuers, Braeur, Braeurer, Breyer, Breier, Brower (East Friesland), Browers and many more.

Early Notables of the Breuer family (pre 1700)

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Breuer Ranking

In the United States, the name Breuer is the 10,656th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Breuer migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Breuer, or one of its variants above:

Breuer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Breuer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1767
Breuer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelm Heinrich Breuer and Gustav Breier both settled in Texas in 1845
  • Elis Breuer, who arrived in America in 1845 [2]
  • Michael Breuer, who arrived in Brazil in 1845 [2]
  • Mr. Wilh. Hein. Breuer, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship "B. Bohlen"
  • Mr. Wilh. Hein. Breuer, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship "B. Bohlen"
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Breuer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elisabeth Breuer, aged 18, who landed in New York, NY in 1927 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Breuer (post 1700) +

  • Esser Leopold Breuer (1937-2021), American playwright, theater director, academic, educator, filmmaker and poet
  • Jim Breuer (b. 1967), American comedic actor
  • Marcel Lajos Breuer (1902-1981), American architect and designer
  • Louis Henry Breuer (1879-1964), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1908-12, 1918-22; Mayor of Rolla, Missouri, 1914-17 [3]
  • Lee F. Breuer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 1990 [3]
  • Carl Breuer, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in La Paz, 1938; La Guaira, 1943 [3]
  • A. Breuer, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, 2011 [3]
  • Rolf E Breuer (b. 1937), German Banker
  • Josef Breuer, Austrian physician, whose works lay the foundation of psychoanalysis

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from on Facebook