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The lineage of the name Brandon begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in one of the settlements named Brandon in Durham, Norfolk, Suffolk, or Warwickshire, or in Brundon in Essex.

Brandon Early Origins



The surname Brandon was first found in one of the many villages named Brandon or Brendon in England. The place names are frequent due to the literal origin of "hill where broom grows," from the Old English "brom" + "dun." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The oldest place name was Brandon, Lincolnshire which dates back to 1060 while the Suffolk, Warwickshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire locals are all listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 with various spellings used at that time: Brandona, Suffolk; Brandune, Warwickshire; Brandun, Norfolk; and Brandune, Lincolnshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, 1st Viscount Lisle, KG (c.1484-1545) lived in Westhorpe, Suffolk. "The Hall, a noble mansion, at one time the residence of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, was taken down about the middle of the last century; his royal consort, Mary, died here in 1533." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The same Duke of Suffolk also held lands and a family seat at Beckenham in Kent. "In the reign of Henry VIII., Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, entertained that monarch when on his journey to visit Anne of Cleves, with great pomp, at the manor-house." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Brandon Spelling Variations


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Brandon Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Brandon has undergone many spelling variations, including Brandon, Branden, Brandan and others.

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Brandon Early History


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Brandon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brandon research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1551, 1649, 1485, 1484, 1545, 1516, 1534, 1517, 1559, 1519, 1547, 1535, 1551, 1537, 1551, 1516, 1534 and are included under the topic Early Brandon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brandon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brandon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Brandon (d. 1485), who was Henry Tudor's standard-bearer at the Battle of Bosworth; his son Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, 1st Viscount Lisle (c.1484-1545), brother-in-law to Henry VIII; Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln (1516-1534); Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk...

Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brandon In Ireland


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Brandon In Ireland



Some of the Brandon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Brandon were among those contributors:

Brandon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Martin Brandon settled in Virginia in 1626
  • William Brandon settled in Connecticut in 1630
  • William Brandon, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Hugh Brandon settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680

Brandon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Brandon settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1715
  • John Brandon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1716
  • Jacob Pinto Brandon, who arrived in Jamaica in 1740
  • Jacob Brandon, who arrived in Jamaica in 1741
  • Jacob Brandon who settled in Jamaica in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brandon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Brandon, aged 6, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Mary Brandon, aged 18, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Thomas Brandon, aged 4, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Gerard Brandon, aged 18, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Henry Brandon, aged 20, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brandon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Brandon, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Brandon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Brandon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • Mary Brandon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Caroline Brandon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Josiah Brandon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851

Brandon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred de Bathe Brandon landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • Alfred de Bathe Brandon, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Constance Mary Anne Brandon, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brandon (post 1700)



  • Harry B. "Skip" Brandon, American co-founder of Smith Brandon International, Inc, an American boutique corporate investigations and risk consulting firm in 1996
  • Gerard Chittocque Brandon (1788-1850), American politician, 4th & 6th Governor of Mississippi (1825-1826) and (1826-1832)
  • Gennifer Diane Brandon (b. 1990), American professional basketball player
  • Edgar Ewing Brandon (1865-1957), American professor of French and college administrator, two-time acting president of Miami University (1909-10 and 1927-28)
  • David Allen "Dave" Brandon (b. 1952), American businessman and the chief executive officer of Toys "R" Us
  • Brent D. Brandon (b. 1960), former U.S. Air Force officer and Electronic Warfare Officer
  • James Rodger Brandon (1927-2015), American academic, professor of Asian theater specializing in Kabuki and Sanskrit theater at the University of Hawaii
  • William W. Brandon (1868-1934), American politician, 37th Governor of Alabama (1923-1927)
  • Warren Eugene Brandon (1916-1977), American painter and photographer
  • Michael Brandon (b. 1945), born Michael Feldman, an American actor, director
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Brandon Historic Events


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Brandon Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Vernon Gething Brandon (1883-1914), English First Class Passenger from Manchester, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Albert A Brandon (b. 1914), Scottish Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Brandon


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Suggested Readings for the name Brandon



  • The Brandon's of Halifax County, Virginia, Gastonia County, North Carolina and York County, South Carolina by Aril Brandon Betts.

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Brandon Family Crest Products


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Brandon Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 27 November 2016 at 20:59.

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