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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.

Branda Early Origins



The surname Branda was first found in the city of Bagnacavallo, where the Brandolini family has roots dating back about 1000 years.

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Branda Spelling Variations


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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.

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Branda Early History


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Branda Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branda research. More information is included under the topic Early Branda History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Branda Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Branda Early Notables (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...

Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Branda 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



Immigrants bearing the name Branda or a variant listed above include:

Branda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisca Branda, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1848

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    10. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
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    The Branda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branda 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 24 March 2016 at 09:35.

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