Show ContentsBrande History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Brande family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the common Old English personal name, Brand, or the Old Norse name, Brandr. The word brand comes from the Germanic word brand, which means sword. This surname was found in Lincolnshire, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest. "As a personal name it occurs in the genealogy of the Northumbrian kings from Woden. It was a very common old Scandinavian name, and it is still used in Iceland. " [1]

"The name Brand in England is usually taken to be of Norse origin, but it may be noted that as early as 1046 we find Bransbury, Hants, as Brandesburh, while Branston, Staffs, is Brantestun, in a charter (Birch, Cart. Saxonicum, 978) dated 956." [2]

Another source noted that "Walter Brandus held lands by knight service in the Viscounty of Caen 1165 and William Brant had estates Norfolk 1086. (Domesday Book)" [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Brande family

The surname Brande was first found in Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: William Brand, or Brant; and Walter Brand, or Brant. The same rolls also listed John Brand, Oxfordshire; Robert Brand, Oxfordshire; and Wymer Brant, Norfolk. [5]

Further to the north in Scotland, early records there revealed "Giliane Brand held land in Irvine, 1323. Thomas Brand was burgess of Edinburgh in 1512, and the name was common there in the seventeenth century." [2]

Early History of the Brande family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brande research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1100, 1086, 1631, 1685, 1700, 1506, 1605, 1674, 1660, 1662, 1663, 1635, 1691, 1668 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Brande History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brande Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Brande have been found, including Brand, Brande, Brands, Brander, Brant, Branter and others.

Early Notables of the Brande family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Joseph Brand (1605-1674), an English merchant, landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660 and Sheriff of Suffolk from 1662 to 1663; and Thomas...
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United States Brande migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Brande, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Brande Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Brande, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Brande Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simon J Brande, who landed in Arkansas in 1874 [6]

Canada Brande migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brande Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Brande, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Brande (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Brande, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980 [7]
  • William Thomas Brande (1788-1866), English chemist, and editor of the 'Dictionary of Science and Art,' born in Arlington Street, St. James's, his father being an apothecary [8]
  • Brande Bytheway, American actress and producer, known for Hollywood Nailz (2012), A Wonderful Cloud (2015) and The Last Roadkill (2017)
  • Brande Nicole Roderick (b. 1974), American model and actress, best known for her appearances in Baywatch

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook