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Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Brenndis. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Brenndis was first used by someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Brenndis family


The surname Brenndis was first found in Prussia, where the name Brandis was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Early History of the Brenndis family

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Early History of the Brenndis family


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Brenndis Spelling Variations

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Brenndis include Brandis, Branddis, Brandiss, Brandisse, Branddisse, Branndis, Braendis, Brendis, Braenddis, Brenddis, Braendiss, Brendiss, Braendisse, Brendisse, Braenddisse, Brenddisse, Braenndis and many more.

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Early Notables of the Brenndis family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Brenndis family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Brenndis family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Brenndis family to the New World and Oceana


Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brenndis were Carl Brandis, who settled in Texas in 1846; an L. Brandis arrived in San Francisco in 1875; and a Louis Brandis arrived in Allegheny County, Pa. in 1876.

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