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Brander Name Meaning

Dutch: occupational name for an inspector of weights measures and barrels who established his approval by branding. Or for someone who burned (branden ‘to burn’) a material or product; compare for instance Kolenbrander ‘charcoalburner’. German and Swiss German: habitational name for someone from any of the many places called Brand or Brandt (see Brandt ). Jewish (Ashkenazic): perhaps an occupational name for fireman or distiller from German Brand Yiddish brand ‘conflagration’. Danish: habitational name for someone from a place called Brande. Scottish: occupational name from Scots dialect brander ‘gridiron’ and probably with the sense of ‘one who brands’.

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

Similar surnames: Brandel, Gander, Lander, Mander, Branden, Brandes, Bander, Brader

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Where is the Brander family from?

You can see how Brander families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brander family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brander families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 15 Brander families living in Virginia. This was about 65% of all the recorded Brander's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Brander families in 1840.
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What did your Brander ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brander. 20% of Brander men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Brander women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brander were Clerk and Maid. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Brander. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Brander. For the veterans among your Brander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brander lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Brander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Brander in 1950 was 68, and 80 in 2004.

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