The Brutsher family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames
began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Brutsher is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Brutsher was given to someone who lived near the ford of a river. The name Brutsher is derived from the Lower German word brôk,
which means water meadow
and refers to a person who lived by or near a watery or marshy land. The name Brutsher is also associated with the region known as Brutsche, which is situated near the town of Marienwerder in the northeastern German province of Prussia
and many of those who are named Brutsher were born in this region. The name Brutsher can also be of nickname
origin, derived from the German word bruoch
which means short pants.
Early Origins of the Brutsher family
The surname Brutsher was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Brutscher emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Brutsher family
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Brutsher Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Brutsher include Brutscher, Brutsher, Breutscher, Breutsher, Brutescher, Brutesher, Bruttscher, Bruttsher, Brutsch, Brutsche, Brueschke and many more.
Early Notables of the Brutsher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brutsher family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Joseph Breusch, his wife Anna Barbara Kurz and their six children, all of whom arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764; A. Brutsche who was recorded as having arrived in Iowa in 1856.