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The name Brainerd reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brainerd 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.

Brainerd Early Origins



The surname Brainerd 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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Brainerd Spelling Variations


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Brainerd Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Brainerd family name include Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.

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Brainerd Early History


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Brainerd Early History



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

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Brainerd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brainerd Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brainerd Notables 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Brainerd family to immigrate North America:

Brainerd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Brainerd, aged 8, arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1649

Brainerd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Brainerd, who landed in New York, NY in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brainerd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brainerd (post 1700)



  • John Grist Brainerd (1904-1988), American electrical engineer known for his pioneering work in mainframes building ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer, recipient of the IEEE Founders Medal in 1975
  • Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd (1868-1942), American author who published at over ten novels for young women
  • Samuel Myron Brainerd (1842-1898), American politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania (1883-1885)
  • Lawrence Brainerd (1794-1870), American politician, U.S. Senator from Vermont (1854-1855), father of Ann Eliza Brainerd Smith, the American author
  • Ezra Brainerd (1844-1924), American academic, President of Middlebury College in Vermont (1885-1908)
  • David Brainerd (1718-1747), American missionary to the Native Americans

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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Brainerd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brainerd 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 January 2016 at 08:01.

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