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Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Brandenburg. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Brandenburg was first used by someone who 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.

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

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Brandenburg include Brandenburg, Brandenberg, Brandenburge, Brandenberge, Branddenburg, Branddenberg, Brandenberger and many more.


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

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

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brandenburg were

Brandenburg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Brandenburg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Johannes Brandenburg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Brandenburg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Brandenburg, who landed in Brazil in 1842
  • Wilhelmine Brandenburg, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Wilhelmine Brandenburg, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Anna Brandenburg, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Mrs. G Brandenburg, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
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Brandenburg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Brandenburg, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Carl Brandenburg who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
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  • Will Brandenburg (b. 1987), American alpine ski racer
  • Chet Brandenburg (1897-1974), American actor
  • Ed Brandenburg (1893-1968), American actor
  • Mark Clay Brandenburg (b. 1970), former American middle-relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • O. D. Brandenburg, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1916
  • Nicholyn A. Brandenburg, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 33rd District, 2001
  • Jack Brandenburg, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 11th District, 1998
  • Armal R. Brandenburg, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1956 (alternate), 1960
  • A. A. Brandenburg, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928
  • Jim Brandenburg (b. 1945), award-winning American nature photographer
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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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