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Where did the German Bruggeman family come from? What is the German Bruggeman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bruggeman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bruggeman family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bruckmann, Bruckman, Bruchmann, Bruchman, Brukmann, Brueckmann, Brueckman, Bruechmann, Bruekmann, Bruegmann (northern Germany), Brueggemann (Westphalia), Bruckmayr (Bavaria), Bruckmayer (Bavaria) and many more.

First found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Translated literally, the name means "bridge-man," and referred to the occupation of taking toll at bridges. The name was found most frequently in Frankfurt in the 12th and 13th centuries.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bruggeman research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1818, 1819, 1480, 1521, 1473, 1583, 1654 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Bruggeman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bruggeman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bruggeman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Caspar Bruggeman, aged 34, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Grietje Bruggeman, who landed in Iowa in 1856

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  • Robert Bruggeman (b. 1986), American NFL football center
  • Prospère Bruggeman (b. 1873), Belgian Olympic rower


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Bruggeman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bruggeman 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.

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