The name Bricheard was a Welsh patronymic
surname created from the personal name
Richard. The name was originally ap-Richard, the Welsh
patronymic prefix "ap-," meaning "son of." The use of the prefix has disappeared over the course of time.
Early Origins of the Bricheard family
The surname Bricheard was first found in Glamorganshire
(Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales
, anciently part of the Welsh
kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bricheard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bricheard research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1750, 1681, 1672, 1681, 1632, 1705, 1672, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Bricheard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bricheard Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Bricheard name over the years has been spelled Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.
Early Notables of the Bricheard family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Matthew Pritchard, O.F.M. (1669-1750) a Roman Catholic bishop; John Pritchett (died 1681), an English clergyman, Bishop... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bricheard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bricheard family to Ireland
Some of the Bricheard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bricheard family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Bricheard: Charles Pritchard who settled in Virginia in 1663; along with Daniel, Thomas and Pallardary; William Pritchard settled in Maryland in 1734; Thomas Pritchard settled in New England