Brand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The medieval German duchy of Bavaria is the homeland of the Brand family. Two of the common types of family name found in medieval Bavaria were patronymic surnames, those derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The family name Brand 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 Brand also evolved as a nickname type of surname for a person who was hot tempered.

Early Origins of the Brand family

The surname Brand 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.

Important Dates for the Brand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brand 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 Brand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brand Spelling Variations

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 Brand 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 Brand family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Brand in this period include Sebastian Brant (1457-1521), who was known for his long poems, such as "The Ship of Fools"; Jobst Brandt...
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Brand migration to the United States

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 Brand or a variant listed above:

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 [1]
  • Mr Brand, who arrived in New England in 1630 [1]
  • William Brand, aged 40, who arrived in America in 1656 [1]
  • Hen Brand, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Eliza Brand, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Jane Brand, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Abraham Brand who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • Abraham Brand, who landed in Virginia in 1722 [1]
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Brand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dietr Brand, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Karl Joseph Brand, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • M Franziska Brand, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • Rudolph Brand, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • J C F Brand, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (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" [2]
  • William Brand, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [3]
  • Ebenezer Brand, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [3]

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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • 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 [5]
  • George G. Brand, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 1st District, 1960-67 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Ed E. Brand, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1918 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Charles Brand (1871-1966), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1921-22; U.S. Representative from Ohio 7th District, 1923-33 [6]
  • ... (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 [7]
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 [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Vance Brand. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/brand.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  8. ^ 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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