Brakenredge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The story of the Brakenredge family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where Brakenredge evolved as a name for some 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). Brakenredge 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 Brakenredge family
The surname Brakenredge 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 Brakenredge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brakenredge research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1454, 1748 and 1816 are included under the topic Early Brakenredge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brakenredge Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Brakenredge include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Brackenridge, Brachenridge, Brakenbury, Brackenrige, Brachenrige, Brecenrigg, Brecenrig, Breckinridge, Breckinrige, Breckinrigg, Breconrig, Breconrigg, Breckenrig, Breckenrigg, Braikinrigg, Braikinrig, Braikinridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Brakenredge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brakenredge family to Ireland
Some of the Brakenredge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Brakenredge family
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brakenredges to arrive on North American shores: 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)