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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.

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The surname Brandon was first found in one of the many villages named Brandon in England. The place names are frequent due to the literal origin of "hill where broom grows," from the Old English "brom" + "dun." [1] 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] 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] 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]

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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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.

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Another 253 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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
  • Wm 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


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


Brandon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Brandon, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB 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
  • 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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  • 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

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

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  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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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.

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