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Brand Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Scandinavian, North German, and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name Brando, a short form of various compound personal names containing the element brand ‘sword’ (a derivative of brinnan ‘to flash’), of which the best known is Hildebrand. There is place name evidence for Brant(a) as an Old English personal name; however, the Middle English personal name Brand was probably introduced to England from Old Norse; Brandr is a common Old Norse personal name. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a place where burning had occurred, from Old English brand, or a habitational name from a minor place named with this word, as for example The Brand in Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. German: variant of Brandt 1. Scandinavian: from the personal name Brand, Brant, from Old Norse Brandr (see 1). Swedish: ornamental name from brand ‘fire’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or nickname from German Brant ‘fire’, ‘conflagration’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Rand, Sand, Brando, Grand, Band, Brandt, Bland, Brandel, Bald, Braud

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Where is the Brand family from?

You can see how Brand families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brand family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brand families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Brand families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Brand's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Brand families in 1840.
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What did your Brand ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brand. 15% of Brand men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Brand women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brand were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 35,000 immigration records available for the last name Brand. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name Brand. For the veterans among your Brand ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brand lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Brand life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Brand in 1940 was 29, and 74 in 2004.

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