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The name Branch was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Branch family lived in the county of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria), where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest. The surname Branch comes from the Old English word branche, which means branch. While it is unclear as to how this word came to be used as a surname, it may have been a topographical surname type, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree.

Branch Early Origins



The surname Branch was first found in Westmorland 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 were from St. Denis de Branche, and the name Braunch appears on the Honour Roll of Battell Abbey of those companions of Duke William Normandy at Hastings.

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Branch Spelling Variations


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Branch Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Branch are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Branch include Branch, Branche, Braunche, Braunch and others.

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Branch Early History


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Branch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branch research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1169, 1238, 1331, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Branch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Branch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Branch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Branch 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Branch, or a variant listed above:

Branch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Branch ( c. 1602-1681), English settler to America from Kent, who sailed aboard the London Merchant arriving at the Kingsland Plantation in 1620
  • Christopher Branch who settled in Virginia in 1624 with his wife Mary and son Thomas
  • Peter Branch settled in New England in 1630
  • John Branch settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Anthony Branch settled in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Branch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joan Branch, who arrived in Virginia in 1706

Branch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Georg Branch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • F Branch, who arrived in San Francisco California in 1851
  • Franz J Branch, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872
  • Henry Branch, who arrived in Minnesota in 1886
  • Blythe W. Branch, aged 42, who emigrated to America from Southampton, in 1897
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Branch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anni Branch, aged 27, who landed in America from Saltant, England, in 1907
  • Dorothy Branch, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Arthur Lionel Branch, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Barbados, West Indies, in 1911
  • Blyth Walker Branch, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Charles H. Branch, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Branch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Cyril Denzil Branch, aged 26, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1910
  • Bertha E. Branch, aged 48, who emigrated to Montreal, Quebec, in 1921
  • Charles S. Branch, aged 50, who settled in Montreal, Quebec, in 1921

Branch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Branch, aged 21, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Branch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Branch (post 1700)



  • Michelle Branch (b. 1983), American pop musician and singer
  • Taylor Branch (b. 1947), American journalist who won a 1988 Pulitzer Prize
  • William Blackwell Branch (b. 1927), American playwright, theatrical director, and movie director
  • Rickey Branch (1881-1965), American baseball manager who integrated the Major Leagues
  • Joseph Branch (1915-1991), American judge, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (1979-1986)

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Suggested Readings for the name Branch


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Suggested Readings for the name Branch



  • Cousins by the Dozens by Dorothy Sturgis Pruett.
  • Thomas Taylor and Benjamin Branch of Nashville, Tennessee, and Related Families by Ethel Taylor Ford.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Branch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branch 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 16 November 2016 at 20:10.

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