Brandeston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Brandeston date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Brandeston, a parish in Suffolk on the River Deben or in one of the villages named below.
Early Origins of the Brandeston family
The surname Brandeston was first found in various shires including Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire where we find today villages and civil parishes named Branston. These place names were derived from the Old English personal name Brant + "tun," as in "a farmstead or a village of a man called Brant."  All three locals were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Brantestone (Leicestershire) Branztune (Lincolnshire) and Bronstinson (Staffordshire.)
Early History of the Brandeston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandeston research. Another 340 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1210, 1221, 1273, 1273, 1500, 1568, 1731, 1778, 1800, 1287, 1288, 1288, 1778 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Brandeston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brandeston Spelling Variations
Brandeston has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Brandeston have been found, including Branston, Brandeston, Branteston, Braunteston, Brancston, Braunston, Bramston and many more.
Early Notables of the Brandeston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brandeston family to Ireland
Some of the Brandeston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brandeston family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brandestons to arrive on North American shores: John Bramston who arrived in America in 1746; John Branston in America in 1773 and J. Branston in Philadelphia in 1856.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)