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Bromberek

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The Shield is: Gules, a wall battlemented, masoned argent, bearing three towers of the same, each with a window open sable, and a pointed roof of the same. In the wall, a doorway proper, the dexter half of the door open.
Translation: Gules (red) depicts Military Fortitude; argent (silver) denotes Peace and Sincerity; sable (black) signifies constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Crest is: On a crowned helmet, a plume of three ostrich feathers
Origin: Poland

The Polish family name Bromberek is classified as being of habitational origin. Habitation names are those family names which are derived from either the location of the place of residence of the initial bearer or from the name of the town or village from which he hailed. In this particular instance, the name Bromberek is of Polish Jewish ornamental habitational derivation from the Germanic "Bromberg", (brom-bramble, berg-hill), a German form of translation of the name of the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, located on the Wisla River, to the north of Inowroclaw.

One of the earlist references to this name or to a variant is a record of one Konrad Bromberek, a priest from Izny, born in the year 1463, however research is of course on going and this name may have been documented even earlier than the date indicated above. This name was introduced to America as early as 1850 in which year we find a record of the emigration of Johann Bromberg among arrival records in Texes in that year. The name could of course have been first introduced to that country at an earlier date. The arms appended here, are those for the city of Bydgoszcz, known in the fifteenth century as "Bidgosz", as well as "Bromberg".

"As of 1990, according to the best data available (the _Slownik nazwisk wspolczesnie w Polsce uzywanych_, "Directory of Surnames in Current Use in Poland," which covers about 94% of the population of Poland), there were 195 Polish citizens named Bromberek (none named Bromberski). The largest numbers lived in the following provinces: Bydgoszcz 24, Pila 41, Poznan 107. Unfortunately I don't have access to further details such as first names or addresses, so I can't tell you how to find that info. The data tells us the name is found primarily in western Poland.

I've never found an absolutely certain explanation of this name, but I strongly suspect it is a Polonized version of the German name _Bromberg_, meaning literally "swamp mountain." This was the name Germans used for the city of Bydgoszcz. So I think it probably suggests a family came from Bydgoszcz or Bromberg, although it's possible there may have been other places that went by this name." William F. Hoffman.

Bromberek {german, place}? < Bromberg, "swamp" + "mountain," the German name for Bydgoszcz; Bromberek (195), Bromberg (63), Bromberger (38).

Note: Numbers in parentheses show how many Polish citizens bore that particular surname as of 1990, according to the Slownik nazwisk wspólczrsnie w Polsce uzywanych.

Sources: Family Heritage Shop

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings
William F. "Fred" Hoffman

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