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

The name Brakefield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived by a field near a brook. The surname Brakefield is derived from the Old English words broc, which means brook, and feld, which means field.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Brakefield has been spelled many different ways, including Brookefield, Brockfield, Brooksfield, Brokefield and others.

First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brakefield research. Another 250 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brakefield History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Brakefields to arrive in North America:

Brakefield Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Wanda]] Brakefield, who landed in Georgia in 1745

Brakefield Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Brakefield, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • John Brakefield, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Louisa Brakefield, who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Mary Brakefield, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Mary Ann Brakefield, who arrived in New York in 1838


  • Jim Brakefield (1919-2002), American 15th head football coach for the Appalachian State Mountaineers


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: Beware the reaping
Motto Translation: Beware the reaping


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The Brakefield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brakefield 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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