Show ContentsBrandi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Brandi can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Brandi came from the word branda, which means sword.

Early Origins of the Brandi family

The surname Brandi was first found in the city of Bagnacavallo, where the Brandolini family has roots dating back about 1000 years.

Early History of the Brandi family

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Brandi Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Brandi include Brandi, Brando, Branda, Branni, Branno, Brandani, Brandini, Brandino, Brandoli, Brandolini, Brandoni, Brandone, Brandacci, Brandazzi, Brandaglia and many more.

Early Notables of the Brandi family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Francesco Uguccione Urbino Brandi, who was the Bishop of Faenza in 1327; Ciuto Brandini was a political reformist in Florence around 1345; Brandolino Brandolini was the leader of the city militia in Bagnacavallo in 1397; Sigismondo Brandolini was a Venetian knight during the 14th century; Michelangelo Brandini was a well known sculptor and architect in Florence around 1450; Giaconte Brandolini was a Count in Venice and a soldier around 1460; Federico Brandani...
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United States Brandi migration to the United States +

Immigrants bearing the name Brandi or a variant listed above include:

Brandi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Manuel Brandi, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852 [1]
Brandi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adelaide Maria Brandi, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Rondanina, Italy, in 1907
  • Antonino Brandi, aged 33, who settled in America from Reggio C., Italy, in 1907
  • Adelaide Brandi, aged 24, who landed in America from Rondanina, Italy, in 1909
  • Andrea Brandi, aged 27, who settled in America from Rondanina, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Brandi, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from S. Potito, Italy, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandi (post 1700) +

  • Andres V. Brandi (b. 1952), former American college and professional tennis coach
  • Tom Brandi (b. 1966), American professional wrestler, best known by his ring name Salvatore Sincere
  • Cristian Brandi (b. 1970), Italian former professional tennis player from Brindisi
  • Jenõ Brandi (1913-1980), Hungarian gold medalist water polo player at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Albrecht Brandi (1914-1966), German U-boat commander in World War II, one of two recipients of the Knight's cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds
  • Kristina Brandi (b. 1977), Puerto Rican tennis player
  • Brandi Carlile (b. 1981), American singer and songwriter and Grammy Award winner
  • Brandi Richard, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [2]
  • Brandi Glanville (b. 1972), American television personality and former fashion model, best known for her role on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Brandi Lynn Burkhardt (b. 1979), American vocalist, actress and beauty queen

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook