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The name Brandell comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Brandell was a name for some one lived in the town name Brendli which was in the Unterwalden region of Germany. The surname Brandell is a habitation surname, which means that it was originally derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead. Therefore, the surname Brandell denotes someone who was a resident of this township.

Brandell Early Origins



The surname Brandell was first found in the Rhine region, where the name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs as early as the 14th century, and branched into many houses. They played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.

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Brandell Spelling Variations


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Brandell Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brandell include Brendel, Brendeler, Brendler, Brendle, Brenndel and many more.

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Brandell Early History


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Brandell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandell research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1582 is included under the topic Early Brandell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brandell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brandell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandell 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



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Brandell were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Brandell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. Brandell, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. R. Brandell, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • R. Brandell, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1892
  • John Brandell, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Anna Brandell, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1894

Brandell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hugo Brandell, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Charles Hugo Brandell, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandell (post 1700)




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Brandell Historic Events


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Brandell Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Josephine Mary Brandell, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 12 then 15

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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    The Brandell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brandell 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.

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