Show ContentsBrands History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Brands begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the common Old English personal name, Brand, or the Old Norse name, Brandr. The word brand comes from the Germanic word brand, which means sword. This surname was found in Lincolnshire, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest. "As a personal name it occurs in the genealogy of the Northumbrian kings from Woden. It was a very common old Scandinavian name, and it is still used in Iceland. " [1]

"The name Brand in England is usually taken to be of Norse origin, but it may be noted that as early as 1046 we find Bransbury, Hants, as Brandesburh, while Branston, Staffs, is Brantestun, in a charter (Birch, Cart. Saxonicum, 978) dated 956." [2]

Another source noted that "Walter Brandus held lands by knight service in the Viscounty of Caen 1165 and William Brant had estates Norfolk 1086. (Domesday Book)" [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Brands family

The surname Brands was first found in Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: William Brand, or Brant; and Walter Brand, or Brant. The same rolls also listed John Brand, Oxfordshire; Robert Brand, Oxfordshire; and Wymer Brant, Norfolk. [5]

Further to the north in Scotland, early records there revealed "Giliane Brand held land in Irvine, 1323. Thomas Brand was burgess of Edinburgh in 1512, and the name was common there in the seventeenth century." [2]

Early History of the Brands family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brands research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1100, 1086, 1631, 1685, 1700, 1506, 1605, 1674, 1660, 1662, 1663, 1635, 1691, 1668 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Brands History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brands Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Brands has been recorded under many different variations, including Brand, Brande, Brands, Brander, Brant, Branter and others.

Early Notables of the Brands family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Joseph Brand (1605-1674), an English merchant, landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660 and Sheriff of Suffolk from 1662 to 1663; and Thomas...
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Brands Ranking

In Netherlands, the name Brands is the 255th most popular surname with an estimated 5,380 people with that name. [6]

United States Brands migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Brands or a variant listed above:

Brands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D Brands, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [7]
  • Diedrich Brands, aged 11, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [7]
  • Herman Brands, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [7]
  • John H Brands, who arrived in Iowa in 1885 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brands (post 1700) +

  • Tom Brands, American wrestler

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. "Most Common Last Names in Netherlands." Forebears,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook