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Where did the English Brandon family come from? What is the English Brandon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brandon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brandon family history?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.
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.
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."  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. 
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 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Brandon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 253 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brandon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
- Gerard Chittocque Brandon (1788-1850), American politician, 4th & 6th Governor of Mississippi (1825-1826) and (1826-1832)
- Harry B. "Skip" Brandon, American co-founder of Smith Brandon International, Inc, an American boutique corporate investigations and risk consulting firm in 1996
- 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
- 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
- Henry Brandon (1912-1990), born Heinrich von Kleinbach, German-born, American character actor in more than 100 films over 60 years
- Brent D. Brandon (b. 1960), former U.S. Air Force officer and Electronic Warfare Officer
- The Brandon's of Halifax County, Virginia, Gastonia County, North Carolina and York County, South Carolina by Aril Brandon Betts.
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- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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