Show ContentsBrabender History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Brabender. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Brabender was first used by someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Brabender family

The surname Brabender was first found in Prussia, where the name Brabender 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 Brabender family

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Brabender 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 Brabender include Brabender, Brabbender, Brabendder, Brabennder, Brabinder, Brabindder and many more.

Early Notables of the Brabender family (pre 1700)

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United States Brabender migration to the United States +

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brabender were

Brabender Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Brabender, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1807
  • Andrew Brabender, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brabender (post 1700) +

  • John Brabender, American Republican political consultant
  • Wayne Donald Brabender Cole (1945-1991), retired American-Spanish basketball player, anmed one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991
  • Eugene Mathew "Gene" Brabender (1941-1996), American Major League Baseball player
  • Carl Wilhelm Brabender, German inventor of the Brabender plastograph, founder of Brabender Industries in 1923

  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) on Facebook