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Brannum is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Brannum family lived in Gloucestershire. The family is believed to have been from Brain, near Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.

Brannum Early Origins



The surname Brannum was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The family name is believed to have been seated in Hainaut in Normandy where they were nobles of the order of St. Empire.

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Brannum Spelling Variations


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Brannum Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Brannum are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Brannum include Brain, Braine, Brayne, Brane, Brayn and others.

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Brannum Early History


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Brannum Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brannum research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brannum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brannum Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brannum Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Brannum Notables 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Brannum, or a variant listed above:

Brannum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Williain S. Brannum, aged 44, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Emmy Brannum, aged 35, who arrived in America from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1913
  • James H. Brannum, aged 29, who arrived in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1913
  • Julia A. Brannum, aged 25, who arrived in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1913
  • William S. Brannum, aged 60, who arrived in Chicago, Illinois, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brannum (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brannum (post 1700)



  • Robert Warren "Bob" Brannum (1925-2005), American NBA basketball player who played from 1948 to 1955
  • Hugh Brannum (1910-1987), American vocalist, arranger, composer and actor best known for his role as "Mr. Green Jeans" on the children's television show Captain Kangaroo (1955-1984)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Brannum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brannum 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 12 June 2014 at 08:43.

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