Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Browsse family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Browsse was an occupational name for a worker at a brewery.
Early Origins of the Browsse family
Austria, where the name Braus came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired estates in new areas which, combined with their great contributions to society, succeeded in elevating their social status.
Early History of the Browsse family
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Early Notables of the Browsse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Browsse family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Browsse were Hans Jacob Brauss, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Peter Brauchs who was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1749; Andreas Brauss landed there in 1752; Michael Braucher who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765.
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