Braikinrege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Braikinrege lived among the Dalriadan people of ancient Scotland. The name Braikinrege was given to 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). Braikinrege is a local, or habitation name, which comes from the names of places where the family once lived or held land.
Early Origins of the Braikinrege family
The surname Braikinrege was first found in Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. In 1454, two records were found of the family: the yard of John of Bracanyyggis in Glasgow; and Johannes Brakanryg was sergeant of the upper baronie of Renffrew. A few years later, Robart Brakenrig witnessed a letter of reversion in 1504. 
Important Dates for the Braikinrege family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braikinrege research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1454, 1748 and 1816 are included under the topic Early Braikinrege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Braikinrege Spelling Variations
Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Braikinrege has been spelled Brackenridge, Brachenridge, Brakenbury, Brackenrige, Brachenrige, Brecenrigg, Brecenrig, Breckinridge, Breckinrige, Breckinrigg, Breconrig, Breconrigg, Breckenrig, Breckenrigg, Braikinrigg, Braikinrig, Braikinridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Braikinrege family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Braikinrege family to Ireland
Some of the Braikinrege family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Braikinrege family
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Braikinrege were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alexander Brackenridge who settled in Virginia in 1740; Hugh and John arrived in Philadelphia in 1846; Andrew Brackinridge settled in Philadelphia in 1840.
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- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)