Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- Scandinavian: from the personal name
Brand, Brant, from Old Norse Brandr (see
- Swedish: ornamental name from brand ‘fire’.
(Ashkenazic): ornamental name or nickname from German Brant
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