The ancient German region of the Rhineland
was the original home of the name Brieler. Brieler was a local
name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local
names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Brieler was a name for someone who lived in the village of Briel, in the Rhineland
. This place-name originated in the Dutch province of Brielle, and it referred to someone who was from Briel.
The German surname was based upon the German word brüel
which refers to a meadow
with rich soils.
Early Origins of the Brieler family
The surname Brieler was first found in the lower Rhine region, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name originates in the southern Dutch province of Brielle, and the Dutch form of the name is van der Briele, meaning "from Briel."
Early History of the Brieler family
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Brieler Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Brieler include Briel, Briell, Brielle, Briele, Brieler and others.
Early Notables of the Brieler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brieler family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island
, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Brieler, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Hermann Briel, who came to Philadelphia in 1754; as did Martin Briel in the same year, as well as Johann Hermann Briell. Eva Briel arrived in Texas in 1846..