Brobeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient German region called the Rhineland is where Brobeck was first used as a hereditary surname. While Germans initially used single names, 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. Brobeck is an occupational name for a person who was a baker of bread. The surname Brobeck was originally derived from the Old German word brot which referred to bread. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Early Origins of the Brobeck family

The surname Brobeck was first found in the Rhineland, where the name could be considered to have made a major contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of the 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. The name derives from the profession of baker, whose main product was bread: "Brotbaecker" took on a variety of spellings, often dropping the "t." In the northeastern regions the name added a "-ke" and became Brobeke.

Early History of the Brobeck family

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Brobeck 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 Brobeck include Brobeck, Brobache, Brobacker, Brobakke, Borbeke, Brobecker, Brobeck, Brodbeck and many more.

Early Notables of the Brobeck family (pre 1700)

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United States Brobeck migration to the United States +

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 Brobeck, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brobeck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cloyce Brobeck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Hans Rudolph Brobeck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Heinrich Brobeck, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Johannes Brobeck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Michal Brobeck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brobeck (post 1700) +

  • W. L. Brobeck, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1932 [2]
  • John Brobeck (b. 1914), well-known professor of medicine and physiologist

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Karl Rudolf Brobeck (d. 1912), aged 22, Swedish Third Class passenger from Norrköping, Östergötland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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