of courier or messenger. This is, more specifically speaking, a surname of office, due to its derivation from a political or religious office which is derived from the Old German word Brefdreger, and in Modern German it is Brieftraegar, which mean postman. In the Middle Ages, a brefdreger would have carried letters and documents between the barons and other nobles. As such, the family was important to the medieval economy and society and they enjoyed many privileges of office.
The surname Brief was first found in Swabia, where the family was recorded in early times.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Friedrich Brieff, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1773.