Brentano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Brentano family

The surname Brentano was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and was elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family. The name is actually Italian in origin, and comes from the river Brenta in northern Italy; bearers of the Brentano name moved northwards to Austria and Bavaria in the 18th century.

Early History of the Brentano family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brentano research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1857, 1790, 1778 and 1842 are included under the topic Early Brentano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brentano Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brentano, Brenntano, Brentanno, Brehntano and others.

Early Notables of the Brentano family (pre 1700)

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United States Brentano migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brentano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christ Brentano, aged 33, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Ferdinand Brentano, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Mrs Arthur Brentano, aged 23, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Arthur Brentano, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Ramence Brentano, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1895
Brentano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jennie Brentano, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Presa Brentano, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Florence Brentano, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Ork Brentano, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Charles Brentano, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brentano (post 1700) +

  • Lorenzo Brentano (1813-1891), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Theodore Brentano (1854-1940), American Republican politician, Superior Court Judge in Illinois, 1890-1921; U.S. Minister to Hungary, 1922-27; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932 [2]
  • Lorenzo Brentano (1813-1891), American Republican politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 61st District, 1863-65; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1868; U.S. Consul in Dresden, 1872-76 [2]
  • Ludwig Brentano (1844-1931), German economist and pacifist concerned with trade unions, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1927
  • Franz Clemens Brentano (1838-1917), German philosopher
  • Klemens Brentano, German poet and novelist
  • Christian Brentano (1784-1851), German writer


The Brentano Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In fortitudine prudentia
Motto Translation: The strength of wisdom


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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