About Caesar Friderich Brender Von Widderstein
"Abschrift aus dem Ehebuch 1715-1780. Der Evang-reformierten Fürstlichen Hofgemeinde Siegen. seite 555. 1769 Den 15ten November. Wurden Nach vorher Erhaltener dispensation a proclamatione et copulatione publica im Fürstlichen vorzimmer copuliert. Der Hochfürstlichen hofmedicus und Medicinae Doktor, Herr Friderich Alexander Polexius Lindisch, des Hochfürstlichen Leib-Medici, Herrn Carl Heinrich Ernst Lindisch Ehelicher sohn, und die Fräulein Henriette Agnes, wayland Herrn Caesar Friderich Brender von Widderstein, geweßen Fürstlich Braunfelsischen Capitains nachgelassene eheliche Tochter."
"The original name was Brender, a German family from Widderstein. They served the family Von Seyn ( Counts ) as knights, officers, stewards and lawmen. They lived at castle Widderstein as knights of the Count of Sayn for several generations. During the 80 years war one member of the family came to the Netherlands as captain under Prince Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, the younger brother of Willem of Orange.
The Brender family has the Widder, a type of Ram, as their coat of arms.
Johan Harmen Brender a descendant of the knights, registered at the Leiden University in 1701 as ( latinized ) Johannus Hermannus a Brandis and also as Johannes Hermannus van Brandis. All his descendants were named Brender à Brandis after that.
Why did he change his name into Brender a Brandis? nobody knows. It could be it was just a fusion with his ancestral name with his new latinized name. It could also mean he had something to do with the Von Brandis family. ( theory B. )
They did change the coat of arms into the picture you see above. The family added a torch ( german: brand ) to the already existing ram. Thus came to be the name Brender à Brandis. "