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Where did the English Branson family come from? What is the English Branson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Branson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Branson family history?

Branson is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Branson family once lived in one of several similarly-named settlements. Places called Branston were found in the counties of Leicester, Lincolnshire, and Staffordshire. The settlement of Brandeston was found in Suffolk. Brandiston was in Norfolk, while places called Braunston existed in Leicester and Northamptonshire.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Branson family name include Branson, Bransone, Bransom, Brandson, Bransoun and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branson research. Another 356 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1500, 1568, 1623, and 1708 are included under the topic Early Branson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Branson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Branson surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Branson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Branson, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • George Branson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1657
  • Fra Branson, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Jno Branson, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Francis Branson, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Branson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Branson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Michl Branson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Thomas Branson who sailed to Maryland in 1775

Branson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Branson to Philadelphia in 1866
  • Joseph Branson settled in Philadelphia in 1871

Branson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Eli Branson U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Branson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Branson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
  • Charles Branson, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Thomas Branson, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart"
  • James Branson, aged 60, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Jeremiah Branson, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"


  • William Henry Branson (1887-1961), American Seventh-day Adventist minister and administrator, 14th President of the General Conference of Seventh day Adventists (1950-1954)
  • Jeffery Glenn Branson (b. 1967), American Major League Baseball infielder who played 1992 to 2001, current assistant hitting coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Herman Russell Branson (1914-1995), African-American physicist, chemist and educator, best known for his research on the alpha helix protein structure
  • Enoch Lloyd Branson (1854-1925), American portrait artist of Southern politicians
  • Don Branson (1920-1966), American racecar driver killed in a racing crash at Ascot Park in Gardena, California, inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Jeffrey Dale "Jeff" Branson (b. 1977), American Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, best known for his role as Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless
  • Catherine Margaret Branson QC, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and a former judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1994-2008)
  • Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, English Judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor, grandfather of Richard Branson
  • Clive Ali Chimmo Branson (1907-1944), English artist and poet
  • Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (b. 1950), English entrepreneur and adventurer, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies



  • Ellis Branson of Romine Township, Marion County, Illinois by Donald Ray Branson.
  • History of the Branson Family adn Descendants by Joy Branson Gibbony.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath, I hope.


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The Branson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branson 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 4 April 2015 at 23:22.

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