Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
brōm ‘broom’, ‘gorse’ + dūn ‘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).
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