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The surname Bross is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Bross is derived from the Old French word broce, meaning brushwood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near or in such a wooded area.

Bross Early Origins



The surname Bross was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the renowned family lived in early times.

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Bross Spelling Variations


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Bross Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Brosses, Brosse, Bross, des Brosses, du Brosses, de Brosses, de la Brosse, de Brousses, Delabrosse, Labrosse, Labrousse, Brossé, Brossier, Brossaud, Brossaut, Brossollet, Brossollette, Brosious, Brosius, Brose and many more.

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Bross Early History


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Bross Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bross research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1375, 1426, 1433, 1448, 1571, 1600, 1626, 1649, 1651, 1676, 1704, 1709, 1730, 1741, 1775, and 1777 are included under the topic Early Bross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bross Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bross Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean de Brosse (1375-1433), Lord of Boussac, Sainte-Sévère, Huriel, and Perugiawas; he was a councillor and chamberlain to the King of France, made a Marshal in 1426. Salomon de Brosse (1571-1626) was a French...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bross 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bross Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Conrad Bross, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Hans Georg Bross, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Hans Jerg Bross, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Bross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Bross, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bross (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bross (post 1700)



  • William Bross, American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 1865-69

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Bross Historic Events


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Bross Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Bross (1924-1942), British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    8. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bross 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 13 October 2015 at 10:43.

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