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The name Brabant arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brabant family lived in the county of Kent. The family name originates in the Duchy of Brabant in Normandy, and it is from this place that the village and parish of Braborne takes its name. In Normandy, the name was associated with mercenary-style soldiering, and the family was renowned as a group of valiant fighters, particularly in William the Conqueror's army at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Brabant Early Origins



The surname Brabant was first found in the counties of Kent where they arrived from the Duchy of Brabant and gave their name to the village and parish of Braborne in the shire. They were granted a manor and estates soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 by Duke William of Normandy. In William's army the Brabants were known by their distinctive name, the Great Warrior.

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Brabant Spelling Variations


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Brabant Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Braborne, Brabant, Braban, Brabourne, Braband, Branantine and many more.

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Brabant Early History


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Brabant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brabant research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1300 is included under the topic Early Brabant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brabant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brabant Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brabant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brabant In Ireland


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Brabant In Ireland



Some of the Brabant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Brabant name or one of its variants:

Brabant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Brabant landed in the Somers Islands in 1635
  • Alexander Brabant, aged 30, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • George Brabant, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Brabant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Geneviève Brabant married in Repentigny in 1714
  • John Brabant, who landed in South Carolina in 1739
  • Daniel Brabant, who arrived in South Carolina in 1739
  • Isaac Brabant, who arrived in Georgia in 1741
  • Marie-Elisabeth Brabant married in this town in 1761

Brabant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Brabant, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brabant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brabant (post 1700)



  • Daniel Brabant, Canadian youth baseball player, recipient of the Tip O'Neill Award for 1991
  • Major-General Sir Edward Yewd Brabant KCB, CMG (b. 1839), South African colonial military commander
  • Malcom J Brabant (b. 1955), freelance British journalist
  • Pierre Brabant (b. 1925), Canadian pianist, and composer

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Brabant Historic Events


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Brabant Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Henry Brabant (b. 1920), Irish Leading Stoker from Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Brabant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brabant 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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