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Where did the English Braggs family come from? What is the English Braggs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Braggs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Braggs family history?

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Braggs was recognized on the island as a name for a cheerful or lively person. The name stems from the Old English root, bragge, which means lively, gay, or active. A Norman derivation is slightly different, and suggests that the word stems from the root braggi, which means a hero, or man of great accomplishment.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bragg, Brag, Braggs, Bragge and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name in its original form was Braggi a Norman word meaning a hero and eventually became 'a man of great accomplishment' hence called by the envious 'a braggard' or 'boaster'.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braggs research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Braggs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Braggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Braggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Braggs or a variant listed above: John Bragg who settled in Barbados in 1654; Mary Bragge settled in Virginia in 1774; William Bragg settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, three children, and servants.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelis et constans
Motto Translation: Faithful and steadfast.

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The Braggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Braggs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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