Brohl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The historic German region of Prussia was the original home of the name Brohl. Brohl 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, which often used the prefix "von," meaning "of" or "from," in some cases a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common type of German hereditary surname. Brohl was a name for someone who lived near "swampy lowlands," having derived from the Middle High German word brühl. It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived near such a place, or the surname may have come from one of the place names such as Brühl near Cologne, or Brüel in Mecklenberg.

Early Origins of the Brohl family

The surname Brohl was first found in Prussia, where the name Bruhl emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century, the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Brohl family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brohl research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1737, and 1763 are included under the topic Early Brohl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brohl 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 Brohl include Bruhl, Bruhll, Bruhle, Bruhlle, Breul, Breuhl, Breuhll, Breuhle, Breuhlle, Brull, Bruell, Breuel, Brule, Bruls, Brohl, Broehl, Brohll, Broehll, Brohle, Broehle, Brohlle and many more.

Early Notables of the Brohl family (pre 1700)

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United States Brohl migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Brohl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Peter Brohl, aged 23, who landed in America in 1872 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brohl (post 1700) +

  • Louis Brohl Sr. (b. 1880), American politician, Mayor of Wyandotte, Michigan, 1946-50 [2]

  • Adolf Bröhl (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he 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 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook
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