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BRANDO Family HistoryThis early surname is of pre 5th century Germanic origins. Recorded in over fifty different spellings including Brand, Braund, Brant (English), Brando, Brandi, Prandi, Prando (Italian), Barn, Brand, Brandt, Brant (German), diminutives Brandel, Brandell, Brandle, Brantle, Prantl, and many other variations mincluding in England Prendey, Prentey, and Prandy, this can best be described as a European surname as it is recorded in almost every country. It usually derives from the male given name Brando or Prando, itself a short form of a popular compound personal name such as Hildebrand, and originates from the word "brinnan", meaning a flash, as in a flash of lightning.
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