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The ancestors of the Bracey surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in or near one of the French settlement of Brécy in either Aisne or Ardennes.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bracey include Bracey, Brassey, Brassie, Bracie, Brasey and others.

First found in Cheshire where they had been settled for many centuries, some say well before the advent of Duke William of Normandy when he conquered England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bracey research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1465 is included under the topic Early Bracey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bracey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Bracey settled in New Haven, Con, in 1620

Bracey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • G Bracey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812

Bracey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Frederic Bracey, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Eliza Bracey, aged 17, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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  • Claude Bracey (1908-1940), American Olympic sprinter
  • Ishman Bracey (1901-1970), American blues singer and guitarist
  • Sidney Bracey (1877-1942), Australian-born American stage and film actor
  • Stephen Henry Bracey (1950-2006), American professional basketball player
  • Frederick Bracey (1887-1960), English cricketer


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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: Arduis saepe metu nonquam
Motto Translation: Water falls to rise again

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

This page was last modified on 7 January 2016 at 12:10.

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