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Bran is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Bran 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.

Bran Early Origins



The surname Bran 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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Bran Spelling Variations


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Bran 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 Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.

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Bran Early History


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Bran Early History



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

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Bran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bran 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



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 Bran name or one of its variants:

Bran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Theodus Bran, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Bran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Bran, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • Jean Baptiste Bran, aged 30, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Nicolas Bran, aged 26, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Bran, who landed in Connecticut in 1763
  • Mrs. Francois Bran, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Friedrich Bran, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Johann Heinrich Bran, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Joseph Bran, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Lorenzo Bran, aged 37, landed in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Miss B Bran, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The Bran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bran 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 25 January 2015 at 07:26.

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