Brucks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Brucks evolved in Germany in the historic state of Prussia. It is a patronymic name. Patronymics are derived from the given name of the father of the bearer. Names derived from the name of the mother of the bearer, which are less common, are called metronymic names. Patronymic names were generally formed from traditional, German given names, rather than from the names of saints or biblical figures, as is the custom in many other European cultures. Brucks comes from near a bridge. The family name Brucks 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 Brucks stems from the Low German word brauk which means swamp. Alternatively, in the eastern parts of Germany, the surname Brucks originated as a nickname type of surname derived from the Wendish (Slavic) word bruk, which means beetle or bug.
Early Origins of the Brucks family
The surname Brucks 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.
One of the first records of the family was Ocko I tom Brok (de Broke) (c. 1345-1389), Chieftain of the Brokmerland and the Auricherland in East Frisia, a former territory on Germany's North Sea coast (1376-1389.) His son, Ocko II tom Brok (1407-1435) was also Chieftain of the Brokmerland and the Auricherland in East Frisia.
Important Dates for the Brucks family
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Brucks 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 Brucks include Bruch, Brucke, Brukke, Breuck, Breucke, Breuch, Breukk, Brueck, Bruech, Bruecke and many more.
Early Notables of the Brucks family (pre 1700)
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Brucks migration to the United States
The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bruckss to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Brucks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joh Bern Brucks, who landed in America in 1845 
- Anton Brucks accompanied by his wife and their two children, who arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1847
- Diedrich Brucks, aged 19, who arrived in New York NY in 1876 
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