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Where did the French Brice family come from? What is the French 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 French name Brice originated in the northern coastal region of France known as Normandy. The name Normandy was derived from the settlement and conquest of the territory by ("Northmen") better known as Vikings.


History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Brice, some of which include Brisson, Brison, Brès, Bris, Brix, de Brix, Bresset, Bresson, Bressot, Brice, Brisse, Brisset, Brissonot, Brissonneau, Brissonet, Brissonnet, Brissot, Brissaud and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family first originated, maintaining their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brice research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1404, 1431, 1467, 1666, 1810, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Brice History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Brice. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brice were

Brice Settlers in 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 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 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

Brice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Brice, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Brice Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Brice, who landed in Canada in 1815

Brice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • E.M. Brice arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Amry Ann Brice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Johanna Brice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Mary A. Brice, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"
  • Johanne Brice, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"

Brice Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Brice, aged 50, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Robert S. Brice arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883


  • 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
  • Louis-Adrien Brice De Montigny, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Air Commodore Eric J. Brice CBE, British RAF Officer
  • Russell Reginald Brice (b. 1952), New Zealand mountaineer



  • History of the Brice Family by Agnes Brice.


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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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