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Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Brandis. 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 Brandis 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.

Brandis Early Origins



The surname Brandis was first found in Prussia, where the name Brandis was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Brandis Spelling Variations


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Brandis Spelling Variations



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 Brandis include Brandis, Branddis, Brandiss, Brandisse, Branddisse, Branndis, Braendis, Brendis, Braenddis, Brenddis, Braendiss, Brendiss, Braendisse, Brendisse, Braenddisse, Brenddisse, Braenndis and many more.

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Brandis Early History


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Brandis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandis research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brandis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brandis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brandis 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



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 Brandis were

Brandis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Brandis, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Herm Brandis, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Carl Brandis, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Theodore Brandis, who arrived in Texas in 1854
  • L. Brandis arrived in San Francisco in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brandis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Brandis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Ann Brandis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • James Brandis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Harriett Brandis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandis (post 1700)



  • Richard W. Brandis, American politician, Mayor of Bend, Oregon, 1953-54
  • Jonathan Gregory Brandis, American film and television actor
  • Mark Brandis (1931-2000), German science fiction writer and journalist
  • Sir Dietrich Brandis (1824-1907), German forester considered the father of tropical forestry
  • Christian August Brandis, German philologist and historian of philosophy
  • George Brandis (b. 1957), Australian, Senator for Queensland, Minister for Arts and Sport
  • Marianne Brandis (b. 1938), Canadian ( Netherlands born) Children's author and illustrator

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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm

Other References

  1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Brandis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brandis 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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