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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.

Brainard Early Origins



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.

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Brainard Spelling Variations


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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.

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Brainard Early History


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Brainard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brainard research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brainard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brainard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brainard Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, landed in Hartford, Conn 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 emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Annie Brainard, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Edward Brainard, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Daniel Brainard, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Annie A. Brainard, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brainard (post 1700)


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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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

    The Brainard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brainard 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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