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Where did the Scottish Breckinridge family come from? What is the Scottish Breckinridge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Breckinridge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Breckinridge family history?The ancestors of the Breckinridge name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. Breckinridge was a name for someone who lived in the places named Brackenrig, in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. This place name comes from the Northern Old English words, bracken and rigg (ridge). Breckinridge is a local, or habitation name, which comes from the names of places where the family once lived or held land.
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Breckinridge has been spelled Brackenridge, Brachenridge, Brakenbury, Brackenrige, Brachenrige, Brecenrigg, Brecenrig, Breckinridge, Breckinrige, Breckinrigg, Breconrig, Breconrigg, Breckenrig, Breckenrigg, Braikinrigg, Braikinrig, Braikinridge and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Breckinridge research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1748, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Breckinridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Breckinridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Breckinridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Breckinridge or a variant listed above:
Breckinridge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Virtute et industria
Motto Translation: By valour and industry.
The Breckinridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Breckinridge 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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