The name Breland is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a maker of belts and girdles. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word brayle, for breeches or pants, and then to braiel, for a band or belt to fasten them.
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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Breland include Brailer, Braeler, Brayeler, Braler and others.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Breland were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Breland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ole T. Breland, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool & Queenstown 
Breland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Yvonne B. Breland, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pocahontas" from Brest, France 
Everett Edward Breland, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England