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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.

Brandes Early Origins



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.

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Brandes Spelling Variations


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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.

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Brandes Early History


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Brandes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandes research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1778, 1457, 1521, 1517, 1570, 1626, 1685, 1735 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Brandes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brandes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brandes Early Notables (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...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandes 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



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, 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, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • F Brandes, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandes (post 1700)



  • Ramona Brandes, American Democrat 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 Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952
  • Charles Brandes, American money manager
  • 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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Brandes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brandes 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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