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The Broeker family name began to be used in the powerful German region of Prussia. Broeker was one of the German patronymic names, derived from the given name of the father of the initial bearer. Broeker comes from near a bridge. The family name Broeker was originally derived from the German word brücke, which in turn was originally derived from the Old German brugga, which means bridge. However, in the Low German regions, the name Broeker stems from the Low German word brauk which means swamp. Alternatively, in the eastern parts of Germany, the surname Broeker originated as a nickname type of surname derived from the Wendish (Slavic) word bruk, which means beetle or bug.

Broeker Early Origins



The surname Broeker was first found in Bavaria, where the name Bruck became noted for its many branches with the region where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves as family members were elevated to the ranks of nobility.

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Broeker Spelling Variations


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Broeker Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Broeker include Bruch, Brucke, Brukke, Breuck, Breucke, Breuch, Breukk, Brueck, Bruech, Bruecke and many more.

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Broeker Early History


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Broeker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Broeker research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1515, and 1554 are included under the topic Early Broeker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Broeker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Broeker Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Broeker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North Ameri ca. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Broeker or a variant listed above:

Broeker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernh Heinr Broeker, who landed in America in 1844
  • A Cath Broeker, who arrived in America in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Broeker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Broeker (post 1700)



  • William J. Broeker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1900
  • Peter Broeker (1926-1980), German-born, Canadian racing driver

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Broeker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Broeker 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 February 2016 at 09:04.

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