being interested in the lineal and collateral descendants, there often seems to be the wish to discover the origin of the family name as well.
Regarding the surname Brefeld matters are not quite as straight forward.
the end of the 17th century there lived a Hermina Breveld in Almelo, the Netherlands.
In the 18th century there lived a Aleida Brevelt in Enschede, The Netherlands.
Gronau and Epe, Westphalia, Germany there existed and still live, many families
whose surname also was and is, Brefeld.
Further research shall have to prove if indeed the German and Dutch generations
surnamed Brefeld and are interrelated.