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Where did the German Brandenburg family come from? What is the German Brandenburg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brandenburg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brandenburg family history?

Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Brandenburg. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Brandenburg was first used by someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Brandenburg include Brandenburg, Brandenberg, Brandenburge, Brandenberge, Branddenburg, Branddenberg, Brandenberger and many more.

First found in Prussia, where this family name became noted for its many branches within the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandenburg research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1689 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Brandenburg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandenburg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brandenburg were

Brandenburg Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Brandenburg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Johannes Brandenburg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Brandenburg Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Johann Brandenburg, who landed in Brazil in 1842
  • Wilhelmine Brandenburg, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Wilhelmine Brandenburg, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Anna Brandenburg, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Mrs. G Brandenburg, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847


Brandenburg Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Carl Brandenburg, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Carl Brandenburg who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Jim Brandenburg (b. 1945), award-winning American nature photographer
  • Mark Clay Brandenburg (b. 1970), former American middle-relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Ed Brandenburg (1893-1968), American actor
  • Chet Brandenburg (1897-1974), American actor
  • Will Brandenburg (b. 1987), American alpine ski racer
  • Erich Brandenburg (1868-1946), German historian
  • Karlheinz Brandenburg (b. 1954), German audio engineer and creator of the MP3 format
  • Otto Herman Max Brandenburg (1934-2007), Danish musician, singer and actor and film score composer


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The Brandenburg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brandenburg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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