Type Surname (from location)
Usage English (British)
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Meaning & History
English locational name from the village of Bransby in Lincolnshire. The place name is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Branzbi' and later (1115) as 'Brandesby'. These recordings showing that the derivation is from the Old Norse personal name Brandr meaning "sword" and byr, the whole meaning being "Brand's village" or "homestead". The ending by usually denotes a village or township in an area of England where Scandinavians settled.