Branda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Branda can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Branda came from the word branda, which means sword.
Early Origins of the Branda family
The surname Branda was first found in the city of Bagnacavallo, where the Brandolini family has roots dating back about 1000 years.
Early History of the Branda family
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Branda Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Branda include Brandi, Brando, Branda, Branni, Branno, Brandani, Brandini, Brandino, Brandoli, Brandolini, Brandoni, Brandone, Brandacci, Brandazzi, Brandaglia and many more.
Early Notables of the Branda family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Uguccione Urbino Brandi, who was the Bishop of Faenza in 1327; Ciuto Brandini was a political reformist in Florence around 1345; Brandolino Brandolini was the leader of the city militia in Bagnacavallo in 1397; Sigismondo Brandolini was a Venetian knight during the 14th century; Michelangelo Brandini was a well known sculptor and architect in Florence around 1450; Giaconte Brandolini was a Count in Venice and a soldier around 1460; Federico Brandani...
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Branda migration to the United States +
Immigrants bearing the name Branda or a variant listed above include:
Branda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisca Branda, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 
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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)