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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Brendel surname. Brendel was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Brendel was a name for someone who lived in the town name Brendli which was in the Unterwalden region of Germany. The surname Brendel is a habitation surname, which means that it was originally derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead. Therefore, the surname Brendel denotes someone who was a resident of this township.

Brendel Early Origins



The surname Brendel was first found in the Rhine region, where the name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs as early as the 14th century, and branched into many houses. They played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.

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Brendel Spelling Variations


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Brendel Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Brendel include Brendel, Brendeler, Brendler, Brendle, Brenndel and many more.

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Brendel Early History


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Brendel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brendel research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1582 is included under the topic Early Brendel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brendel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brendel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brendel 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



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Brendel, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Brendel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Caspar Brendel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Hans Georg Brendel, who landed in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Johann Heinrich Brendel landed in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Hans Georg Brendel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Geo Brendel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brendel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leop Brendel, aged 17, landed in New York in 1854
  • Andreas Brendel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1882

Brendel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Franz Brendel came to Canada in 1783 with the United Empire Loyalists

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brendel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brendel (post 1700)



  • Harry L. Brendel, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Anderson, Indiana, 1934-38
  • Forest I. Brendel, American politician, Supervisor of White Lake Township, Michigan, 1935-55
  • El Brendel (1890-1964), American entertainer
  • Wolfgang Brendel (b. 1947), German opera singer
  • Joachim Brendel (1921-1974), German Luftwaffe pilot recipient of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Otto Brendel (1901-1973), scholar of Etruscan art
  • Karl Brendel (1871-1925), German sculptor
  • Alfred Brendel (b. 1931), Austrian pianist of international reputation

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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    The Brendel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brendel 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 1 February 2016 at 10:23.

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