You know who had awesome beards? Yes, that’s right: vikings.
Brilliant Beards #2: Vikings
As can be seen by these super-historically-accurate modern representations of vikings, vikings had awesome beards.
What does that have to do with anything? I’m glad you asked.
Well, according to the internet, around the turn of the first millenium A.D. the Braun family may have “immigrated” to northern Germany from Scandinavia. In other words, they were vikings who sacked Germanic villiages and then settled there, eventually assimilating into Germanic culture.
Vikings, beards, Brauns: awesome!