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About the Broodryk surname

Surname: Originally "Brodrück," but could also include variants such as "Brodtrück", "Brodtrückin", "Brodtreuck", "Brodrik", "Broodrijk". In South Africa the surname was changed during the 1st generation to "Broodryk", which incorrectly is indicative of "rich in bread".

Surname Origins: originated from the people (more specifically - pirates) that kept demanding / calling (german: überfiehlt) for the "back of bread", which incidentally is flour. As time went past, it was changed to "Brodrück.

South African Roots. The orginal Broodryk, a Johann Christoffel Broodryk (German Surname:- Brodtrück) from Schwarzenberg, arrived approximately in 1751 in South Africa on ship "Slot van Kapelle".

Although he was classified, a "soldier" working for the VOC, his trade was that of a "smidt".

History of Schwarzenberg

The Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge) were virtually unsettled in the early Middle Ages. There was an isolated monastery as early as the 12th century.

Most of the towns in the mountains were founded in the 16th century, after the discovery of deposits of silver and tin. At this time the region was purchased by the aspiring state of Saxony (1533).

The districts of Aue and Schwarzenberg were established in 1873.

In 1994 both districts were merged in order to form a new district, which was called Westerzgebirgskreis and was one year later renamed to the present name (Aue-Schwarzenberg).