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The ancient German region called the Rhineland is where Brodbeck 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. Brodbeck is an occupational name for a person who was a baker of bread. The surname Brodbeck 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.

Brodbeck Early Origins



The surname Brodbeck 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.

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Brodbeck Spelling Variations


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

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Brodbeck Early History


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Brodbeck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brodbeck research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brodbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brodbeck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brodbeck Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Brodbeck were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Brodbeck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Brodbeck arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 with his wife Elizabeth Zehnder and their two daughters
  • Adam Brodbeck, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Catharina Brodbeck, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Claus Brodbeck, who landed in America in 1749
  • Hans Geo, Brodbeck Jr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brodbeck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fredk Brodbeck, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Jacob Brodbeck, who arrived in New York, NY in 1835
  • Georg Brodbeck, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Karl August Brodbeck, who landed in America in 1854
  • Fr Brodbeck, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brodbeck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brodbeck (post 1700)



  • Joshua Brodbeck, American concert organist
  • May Brodbeck (1917-1983), American philosopher of science
  • Andrew R. Brodbeck (1860-1937), American Democratic Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1917-1919)
  • John Brodbeck, American Republican politician, Chair of Carroll County Republican Party, 2003
  • Carl A. Brodbeck, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Eaton District, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960
  • Andrew R. Brodbeck (1860-1937), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 20th District, 1913-15, 1917-19; Defeated, 1910, 1914, 1918
  • Alice Brodbeck, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956
  • Dan Brodbeck, Canadian record producer, recording engineer/mixer and recording engineering professor

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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    The Brodbeck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brodbeck Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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