The ancient German region of the Rhineland
, gave birth to the family name of Bromser. At first, people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames
in the Rhineland
. Among the most common forms of surname found in the Rhineland
are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname
surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Bromser was a name for a person who persistent. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Bromser family
The surname Bromser was first found in the Rhineland
, where the name Bromser was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
Early History of the Bromser family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bromser research.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1651 is included under the topic Early Bromser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bromser 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 Bromser include Bromser, Brommser, Bromsser, Brommzer, Bromzer, Bromsel, Brommsel, Brommsel, Bromsen, Brommsen, Bromssen, Bromzel, Brommzel, Bromzen and many more.
Early Notables of the Bromser family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Bromser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bromser family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Bromser, or one of its variants above:
Bromser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Petronelle Bromser, aged 32, who landed in America from Aachen, Germany, in 1914