The letters "b" and "p" are pronounced similarly in the German language, and were virtually interchangeable prior to the standardization of spelling in recent centuries. Thus the surname Brietzke, can appear with either letter, creating both Breitzke and Pritzke. There are several possible origins for the Brietzke surname. There are two towns named Britz in the Brandenburg region. One is a southern suburb of Berlin, the other, a settlement approximately twenty-five miles northeast of Berlin. Either may have inspired the surname. The surname Brietzke, can also be patronymic
, derived from the father of the original bearer. Brietzke would then be based upon a short form of the Slavic personal name
Pribislaw. Priczlaus and Prinzel were names found in Breslau around 1300, and Preczlaus Kuschmalcz was an episcopal vassal in Silesia
in 1404. The surname may also have originated with a nickname
, such as "Britsch" which was used to describe a person who was perceived as "bad-tempered" or "irritable."
Early Origins of the Brietzke family
The surname Brietzke was first found in Saxony
, 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. Jacobus dictus der Britschen lived in Mainz in 1315, as did Jakob zur Britzen in 1338 and Jekeln Peter Britschen in 1356. Hanss Brittsch was a farmer and a weaver in Kempten in 1575. Valtin Pritzman was a resident of Brandenburg in 1597.
Early History of the Brietzke family
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Brietzke Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Breitkreitz, Britzke, Breitzke, Breitz, Britz, Britzkretz, Breitkreuz, Britzmann, Bretzmann, Brietzke, Britzkow, Pritzke and many more.
Early Notables of the Brietzke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brietzke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brietzke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carl Brietzke, aged 33, originally from Brietzig, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Dania" from Hamburg, Germany CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YG-YJD : 6 December 2014), Carl Brietzke, 12 May 1893; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Dania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Brietzke (post 1700)
- Siegfried Brietzke (b. 1952), German gold medalist rower at the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics