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The name Brendell comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames, so as to remain distinct from others using the same personal (first) name. Local names derived from place names, were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Brendell was a name for some one lived in the town name Brendli which was in the Unterwalden region of Germany. The surname Brendell 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 Brendell denotes someone who was a resident of this township.

Brendell Early Origins



The surname Brendell 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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Brendell Spelling Variations


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Brendell Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Brendell include Brendel, Brendeler, Brendler, Brendle, Brenndel and many more.

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Brendell Early History


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Brendell Early History



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

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Brendell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brendell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brendell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Brendell were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Brendell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Brendell landed in Philadelphia in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brendell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brendell (post 1700)



  • Brian Brendell (b. 1986), Namibian football midfielder, member of the Namibia National Team (2006-2008)

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    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Brendell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brendell 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 6 October 2014 at 10:31.

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