Origins Available: German
The historic German region of Prussia
was the original home of the name Brandiss. Brandiss was a local
name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, which often used the prefix "von," meaning "of" or "from," in some cases a mark of aristocratic birth. Local
names are by far the most common type of German hereditary surname. Brandiss was a name for 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.
Early Origins of the Brandiss family
The surname Brandiss 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.
Early History of the Brandiss family
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Brandiss Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Brandiss include Brandis, Branddis, Brandiss, Brandisse, Branddisse, Branndis, Braendis, Brendis, Braenddis, Brenddis, Braendiss, Brendiss, Braendisse, Brendisse, Braenddisse, Brenddisse, Braenndis and many more.
Early Notables of the Brandiss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brandiss family to the New World and Oceana
Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia
. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Carl Brandis, who settled in Texas in 1846; an L. Brandis arrived in San Francisco in 1875; and a Louis Brandis arrived in Allegheny County, Pa. in 1876.