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The name Brandenberg comes from Prussia, a historic region that originally encompassed the coastal lands of the southeast Baltic, but over time expanded to include much of Poland and the majority of Germany. In pre-medieval times, these Prussians used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames so that they would remain distinct from the many others with 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. Brandenberg was a name for some one lived in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Brandenberg Early Origins



The surname Brandenberg was first found in Prussia, where this family name became noted for its many branches within the region.

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Brandenberg Spelling Variations


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Brandenberg 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 Brandenberg include Brandenburg, Brandenberg, Brandenburge, Brandenberge, Branddenburg, Branddenberg, Brandenberger and many more.

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Brandenberg Early History


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Brandenberg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandenberg research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1689 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Brandenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brandenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brandenberg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Brandenbergs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Brandenberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gerard Brandenberg, who settled in Baltimore in 1847
  • Anna Brandenberg, aged 19, landed in Baltimore Maryland in 1847
  • Gerard Brandenberg, aged 51, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Gysbertus Brandenberg, aged 11, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Lubertus Brandenberg, aged 15, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandenberg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandenberg (post 1700)



  • Ray Brandenberg, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952
  • Carl B. Brandenberg, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Auditor General, 1942; Supervisor of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, 1959-65

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    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Brandenberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brandenberg 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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