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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.

Branston Early Origins



The surname Branston was first found in various shires including Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire 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." [1]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.)

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Branston Spelling Variations


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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.

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Branston Early History


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Branston Early History



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.

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Branston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Branston Early Notables (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.

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Branston In Ireland


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Branston In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Branston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Branston (post 1700)



  • William J. Branston, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1912
  • Frank Branston, English politician, mayor of the borough of Bedford, Bedfordshire (2002-)
  • Guy Branston (b. 1979), English footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. 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).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Branston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Branston 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 17 November 2015 at 11:52.

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