Brandes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the Brandes family are found in the ancient German duchy of Bavaria. Brandes is one of the most common styles of German surname, that of patronymics and metronymics - names derived from the given names of the father or mother of their original bearers. Brandes is derived from the Germanic personal name Brando, a short form of the various compound personal names containing the element brand, which means sword. The best known of these compounds is Hildebrand, or battle-sword; however, old Germanic names such as Brandhart, or fire-strong and Brandoalt, or fire-powerful, were also common in the Middle Ages. The surname Brandes also evolved as a nickname type of surname for a person who was hot tempered.
Early Origins of the Brandes family
The surname Brandes was first found in Bavaria, where the family came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Brandes family
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Brandes 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 Brandes include Brand, Brande, Brandde, Brannde, Brandt, Brandte, Brandtes, Brandtte, Brant, Brante, Brend, Brende, Brendde, Brent, Brendt, Braend, Braende, Braendde, Braennde, Braent, Braendt, Brandes, Brandis and many more.
Early Notables of the Brandes family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Brandes in this period include Sebastian Brant (1457-1521), who was known for his long poems, such as "The Ship of Fools"; Jobst Brandt...
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In the United States, the name Brandes is the 9,364th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Brandes migration to the United States +
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Brandes surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Brandes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Brandes, aged 33, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 
- Johann Brandes, who arrived in America in 1777 
- Andreas Brandes, who landed in America in 1780 
- Christian Brandes, who landed in America in 1780 
- Conrad Brandes, who landed in America in 1780 
Brandes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Heinr Brandes, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808 
- Friedrich Brandes, who landed in Texas in 1840-1850 
- Georg Ludw Brandes, who arrived in Texas in 1845 
- H Brandes, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 
- F Brandes, who arrived in Texas in 1845 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandes (post 1700) +
- Charles Brandes, American money manager
- Ramona Brandes, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2004 
- Michael L. Brandes, American politician, Representative from Texas 10th District, 1994 
- Mervyn B. Brandes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2012 
- Marie Brandes, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952 
- Heinrich Wilhelm Brandes (1777-1834), German astronomer, mathematician and physicist
- Heinrich Brandes (1803-1868), German landscape painter
- David Brandes (b. 1968), German musician
- Wilhelm Brandes (1877-1959), Swedish Olympic rower
- George Brandes (1842-1927), Danish writer and literature critic
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Historic Events for the Brandes family +
- Jürgen Brandes (1917-1941), German Oberleutnant zur See who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
- Herbert Brandes (1922-1941), German Feuerwerksgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details