Brand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the name Brand are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the common Old English personal name, Brand, or the Old Norse name, Brandr. The word brand comes from the Germanic word brand, which means sword. This surname was found in Lincolnshire, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest. "As a personal name it occurs in the genealogy of the Northumbrian kings from Woden. It was a very common old Scandinavian name, and it is still used in Iceland. " [1]

"The name Brand in England is usually taken to be of Norse origin, but it may be noted that as early as 1046 we find Bransbury, Hants, as Brandesburh, while Branston, Staffs, is Brantestun, in a charter (Birch, Cart. Saxonicum, 978) dated 956." [2]

Another source noted that "Walter Brandus held lands by knight service in the Viscounty of Caen 1165 and William Brant had estates Norfolk 1086. (Domesday Book)" [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Brand family

The surname Brand was first found in Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: William Brand, or Brant; and Walter Brand, or Brant. The same rolls also listed John Brand, Oxfordshire; Robert Brand, Oxfordshire; and Wymer Brant, Norfolk. [5]

Further to the north in Scotland, early records there revealed "Giliane Brand held land in Irvine, 1323. Thomas Brand was burgess of Edinburgh in 1512, and the name was common there in the seventeenth century." [2]

Important Dates for the Brand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brand research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1100, 1086, 1631, 1685, 1700, 1506, 1605, 1674, 1660, 1662, 1663, 1635, 1691, 1668 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Brand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brand Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brand has been spelled many different ways, including Brand, Brande, Brands, Brander, Brant, Branter and others.

Early Notables of the Brand family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Joseph Brand (1605-1674), an English merchant, landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660 and Sheriff of Suffolk from 1662 to 1663; and Thomas...
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Brand migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brands to arrive in North America:

Brand Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Benjamin Brand who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Benjamin Brand, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630 [6]
  • Mr Brand, who arrived in New England in 1630 [6]
  • William Brand, aged 40, who arrived in America in 1656 [6]
  • Hen Brand, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Brand Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Koenraet Brand, who landed in New York in 1709 [6]
  • Eliza Brand, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Jane Brand, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [6]
  • Abraham Brand who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • Abraham Brand, who landed in Virginia in 1722 [6]
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Brand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dietr Brand, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [6]
  • Karl Joseph Brand, who landed in America in 1844 [6]
  • M Franziska Brand, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [6]
  • Rudolph Brand, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [6]
  • J C F Brand, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brand migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brand Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara, Sophia and Jacob Brand all of whom, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Barbara Brand, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jacob Brand, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Sophia Brand, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Brand migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brand Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Brand, aged 43, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [7]
  • William Brand, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [8]
  • Ebenezer Brand, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [8]

Brand migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brand Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Brand, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mariner" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1859 [9]
  • Mr. David Brand, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [9]
  • Henry James Brand, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Mary A. Brand, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • George Brand, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brand (post 1700)

  • Oscar Brand (1920-2016), Canadian-born American folk singer-songwriter and author
  • Charles Hillyer Brand (1861-1933), American lawyer, judge, politician, U.S. Representative from Georgia
  • Neville Brand (1920-1992), American soldier and film actor
  • Leon Brand (b. 1933), American architect
  • Vance Devoe Brand MR. (b. 1931), former NASA Astronaut with 746 hours in space [10]
  • George G. Brand, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 1st District, 1960-67 [11]
  • Franklin Marion Brand (1880-1963), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County, 1919-20, 1943-44; Defeated, 1940, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954 [11]
  • Ed E. Brand, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1918 [11]
  • Charles Hillyer Brand (1861-1933), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1894-95; Superior Court Judge in Georgia, 1906-17; U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1917-33 [11]
  • Charles Brand (1871-1966), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1921-22; U.S. Representative from Ohio 7th District, 1923-33 [11]
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Brand family

Bismarck
  • Johann Brand (1917-1941), German Bootsmannsmaaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William H Brand (b. 1919), English Corporal serving for the Royal Marine from Southsea, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Vance Brand. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/brand.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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