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)
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Migration of the Brendell family to the New World and Oceana
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)