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Brandon Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Brandon in Durham Norfolk Suffolk Warwickshire and elsewhere. Most are named with Old English brōm ‘broom gorse’ + dūn ‘hill’. One in Lincolnshire however may be named after the Brant River on which it stands; Ekwall derives the river name from Old English brant ‘steep’ presumably with reference to its steep banks. This surname was known in Ireland early enough to have a Gaelicized form de Breandún. Irish (Kerry): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Breandáin ‘son of Breandán’ a rare Kerry surname from the Latinized form of the name of the local saint Brendan (Brendanus from Bréanainn). French: from the Old French oblique case of the personal name Brando of ancient Germanic origin (see Brand ). Galician and Jewish (Sephardic): cognate of Portuguese Brandão (see Brandao ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Branson, Branton, Brand, Branden, Brinton, Baldon, Brenton, Brando

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You can see how Brandon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brandon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brandon families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Brandon families living in Tennessee. This was about 21% of all the recorded Brandon's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Brandon families in 1840.
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What did your Brandon ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brandon. 20% of Brandon men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Brandon women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brandon were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Brandon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brandon in 1941 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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