The ancient German region called the Rhineland
is where Breyer was first used as a hereditary surname. While Germans initially used one single name, they eventually adopted surnames to alleviate confusion with others of the same name. As the population grew and people traveled more, the confusion rose, and so did surname use. Many German surnames come from the work done by the original bearer of the surname. Breyer is an occupational
name for a person who made and sold ale or beer.
Early Origins of the Breyer family
The surname Breyer 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 Breyer family
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Breyer Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Breyer 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 Breyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Breyer family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Breyer were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Breyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johann Ewald Breyer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
Breyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Heinr Rudolph Breyer, who arrived in America in 1845 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Breyer (post 1700)
- Stephen Gerald Breyer (b. 1938), American attorney, political figure, and jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1994-)
- Gyula Breyer, Hungarian chess player
- William A. Breyer, founder of Breyers Ice Cream in 1866