The name Braendt evolved in ancient Germany
, in Bavaria
. It is a patronymic
name. Patronymics are derived from the given name of the father of the bearer. German patronymic names were generally formed from traditional, German given names, rather than from the names of saints or biblical figures, as was the custom in many other European cultures. Braendt 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,
however, old Germanic names such as Brandhart,
were also common in the Middle Ages. The surname Braendt also evolved as a nickname
type of surname for a person who was hot tempered.
Early Origins of the Braendt family
The surname Braendt was 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.
Early History of the Braendt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braendt research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1778, 1457, 1521, 1517, 1570, 1626, 1685, 1735 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Braendt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Braendt Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Braendt 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.
Early Notables of the Braendt family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Braendt in this period include Sebastian Brant (1457-1521), who was known for his long poems, such as "The Ship of Fools"; Jobst Brandt... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Braendt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Braendt family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Braendt or a variant listed above: Albertus Brandt, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1691; Michael Brandt came to Philadelphia in 1732; as did many other Brandts, such as Johannes Brandt in 1736.
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