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Origins Available: French, Scottish

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

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Brice family lived. The name Brice comes from the Gaulish saint Bricius, a nephew of St. Martin of Tours in the 5th century. From Gaelic, the name means quick or speedy.


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Brice has been spelled Bryce, Brice, Bricius, Bryse, Breise, Bryces, Brices, Bryses, Breises, Bryse, Brise, Briece and many more.

First found in Morayshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, around the 12th century. The name was originally Bricius, a Gaulish Saint of the fifth century, a nephew of St. Martin of Tours.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brice research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1203, 1296, 1370, 1532, 1569, 1636, 1648, and 1696 are included under the topic Early Brice History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 62 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Brice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Brice:

Brice Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Brice settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Francis Brice, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Martha Brice, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Robt Brice, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Elizabeth Brice, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Brice Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Brice settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • Ann Brice, who arrived in North Carolina in 1702
  • Wm Brice, who landed in North Carolina in 1702
  • Writ Brice, who arrived in North Carolina in 1702

Brice Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Brice, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • David Brice, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • James E Brice, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Nicholas J Brice, aged 52, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • A J Brice, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Fannie Brice (1891-1951), American illustrated song "model," comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress
  • Calvin Stewart Brice (1845-1898), Democratic politician from Ohio
  • William Brice (1921-2008), American artist known for his large-scale abstract paintings
  • John Brice Jr. (1705-1766), early American settler and Loyalist politician, member of the Governor's Council, twice Mayor of Annapolis
  • John Brice III (1738-1820), American lawyer, businessman and political leader
  • Carol Brice (1918-1985), American contralto
  • William Oscar Brice CBE (1898-1972), United States Marine Corps General, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star
  • Air Commodore Eric J. Brice CBE, British RAF Officer
  • Russell Reginald Brice (b. 1952), New Zealand mountaineer
  • Elizabeth "Lisa" May Brice (b. 1975), English actress



  • History of the Brice Family by Agnes Brice.

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: Fiat justitia
Motto Translation: Let justice be done.


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