Brainard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Brainard is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brainard family lived in Gloucestershire. The family is believed to have been from Brain, near Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.
Early Origins of the Brainard family
The surname Brainard was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family name is believed to have been seated in Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.
Early History of the Brainard family
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Brainard Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brainard include Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.
Early Notables of the Brainard family (pre 1700)
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Brainard migration to the United States +
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Brainards to arrive on North American shores:
Brainard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniel Brainard, aged 8, who landed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1649 
Brainard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W H Brainard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- A. M. Brainard, aged 25, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892
- Austin Brainard, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1897
Brainard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Henry Brainard, aged 56, who immigrated to America, in 1907
- Annie Brainard, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1909
- Edward Brainard, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Daniel Brainard, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1910
- Annie A. Brainard, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brainard (post 1700) +
- Michael Brainard (b. 1965), American actor, best known for his role as Ted Capwell on NBC's soap opera Santa Barbara (1991-1993)
- Frederick F. "Fred" Brainard (1892-1959), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1914 to 1916
- Daniel Brainard (1812-1866), American surgeon from Chicago, founder of Rush Medical College in 1837
- Brigadier-General David Legge Brainard (1856-1946), American arctic explorer and soldier
- Bertha "Betty" Brainard (1890-1946), early American pioneering NBC executive, the network's first woman executive, head of programming for NBC in 1928
- William C. Brainard, American economist, Arthur Okun Professor Emeritus of Economics at Yale University
- Asahel "Asa" Brainard (1841-1888), nicknamed "Count", early American ace pitcher of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings
- Lael Brainard (b. 1962), the United States Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (2010-)
- Joe Brainard (1942-1994), American artist and writer, best known for his memoir I Remember
- John Gardiner Calkins Brainard (1795-1828), American lawyer, editor and poet
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- ^ 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)