Show ContentsBrendell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Brendell family

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.

Early History of the Brendell family

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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.

Early Notables of the Brendell family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Brendell during this period were Daniel Brendel von Homburg (d. 1582), who was Archbishop and Elector of Mainz. Dr. Karl Franz Brendel was a musical critic, born Nov. 25, 1811, at Stollberg in the Harz; educated at the Gymnasium of Freiberg in Saxony, where his father was Berg-Rath, and at the universities of Leipsic and Berlin. Music always formed his special pursuit, in which he was mainly assisted by Anacker and Wieck. He began his public career with lectures on the history of music, delivered in Freiberg and in Dresden. In 1844 he settled in Leipsic as proprietor...
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United States Brendell migration to the United States +

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, who landed in Philadelphia in 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Brendell (post 1700) +

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