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

The medieval duchy of Bavaria is the homeland of the Brandt family. Two of the common types of family names found in medieval Bavaria were patronymic surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. In Germany, patronymic names were much more frequently derived from common, Germanic, given names than they were from those baptismal names honoring Christian saints. The family name Brandt is a patronymic surname that comes from the Germanic personal name Brando, a short form of the various compound personal names containing the element brand, which means sword. The best known of these compounds is Hildebrand, or battle-sword; however, old Germanic names such as Brandhart, or fire-strong and Brandoalt, or fire-powerful, were also common in the Middle Ages. The surname Brandt also evolved as a nickname type of surname for a person who was hot tempered.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brandt include Brand, Brande, Brandde, Brannde, Brandt, Brandte, Brandtes, Brandtte, Brant, Brante, Brend, Brende, Brendde, Brent, Brendt, Braend, Braende, Braendde, Braennde, Braent, Braendt, Brandes, Brandis and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandt research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1778, 1457, 1521, 1517, 1570, 1626, 1685, 1735 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Brandt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Brandt or a variant listed above:

Brandt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Judith Brandt, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Mary Brandt, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Randolph Brandt, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Albertus Brandt, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1691
  • Albertus Brandt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692

Brandt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Michael Brandt came to Philadelphia in 1732
  • Samuel Brandt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Michael Brandt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Samuel Brandt came to Philadelphia in 1739
  • Joost Brandt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739


Brandt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Andr Brandt, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Wilhelm Brandt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Philip Brandt, aged 14, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1831
  • Peter Brandt, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • I H Brandt, who landed in North America in 1832-1849


Brandt Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Frederik Carl Brandt arrived in Alabama in 1914
  • Frederik Carl Brandt, who landed in Alabama in 1914

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  • George Walker Brandt Jr. (b. 1943), American lawyer
  • Carl David Brandt (b. 1928), American virologist
  • Jackie Brandt (b. 1934), American Major League Baseball player
  • Major-General Carl Amandus Brandt (1906-1961), American Commanding General Air Proving Ground Command (1946-1948)
  • Hermann Wilhelm Brandt (1904-1983), German photographer
  • Willy Brandt (b. 1913), former Chancellor of Germany, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971
  • Bill Brandt (1904-1983), British (German-born) photographer
  • Helmut Brandt (1931-2001), German composer, bandleader, and baritone saxophonist
  • Georg Brandt (1694-1768), Swedish chemist


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The Brandt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brandt 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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