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The surname Bruggeman was 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.

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.


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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
  • Dan Bruggeman, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1966
  • Bob Bruggeman, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Texas, 2012-
  • Ashley Boggs Bruggeman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008, 2012
  • Prospère Bruggeman (b. 1873), Belgian Olympic rower


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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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