Brandon Family History

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Brandon Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Brandon, in County Durham, Northumbria, Norfolk, Suffolk, Warwickshire, and elsewhere. Most are named with Old English brom ‘broom’, ‘gorse’ + dun ‘hill’. One in Lincolnshire, however, may be named with the Brant river, on which it stands; Ekwall derives the river name from Old English brant ‘steep’, presumably with reference to its steep banks. Irish (Kerry): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Breandáin ‘son of Breandán’. French: from the Old French oblique case of the personal name Brand, of Germanic origin (see Brand 1).

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

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

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Brandon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Brandon name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Brandon. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Brandon Family Origin

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Brandon Family Occupations

What did your Brandon ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Shoemaker and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brandon. The most common Brandon occupation in the UK was Labourer. 3% of Brandon's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Brandon family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Labourer

  • Shoemaker

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Brandon Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 139,000 census records available for the last name Brandon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brandon census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Brandon. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Brandon. For the veterans among your Brandon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Brandon Life Expectancy

What is the average Brandon lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Brandon ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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