Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Branston is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brandeston, a parish in Suffolk
on the River Deben or in one of the villages named below.
Early Origins of the Branston family
The surname Branston was first found in various shires including Leicestershire
where we find today villages and civil parishes named Branston. These place names were derived from the Old English personal name
Brant + "tun," as in "a farmstead or a village of a man called Brant." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
All three locals were listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Brantestone (Leicestershire) Branztune (Lincolnshire) and Bronstinson (Staffordshire.)
Early History of the Branston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branston research.Another 679 words (48 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1210, 1221, 1273, 1273, 1500, 1568, 1731, 1778, 1800, 1287, 1288, 1288, 1778 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Branston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Branston Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Branston has been spelled many different ways, including Branston, Brandeston, Branteston, Braunteston, Brancston, Braunston, Bramston and many more.
Early Notables of the Branston family (pre 1700)
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Branston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Branston family to Ireland
Some of the Branston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Branston family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Branstons to arrive in North America:
Branston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Branston in America in 1773
Branston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J. Branston in Philadelphia in 1856
Contemporary Notables of the name Branston (post 1700)
- William J. Branston, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Frank Branston, English politician, mayor of the borough of Bedford, Bedfordshire (2002-)
- Guy Branston (b. 1979), English footballer