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Brier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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Early Origins of the Brier family


The surname Brier was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat as one of the prominent Border Clans defending the Scottish border in the west marches. They are said to have the longest and most honorable connection with border life.

Early History of the Brier family


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Brier Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBriar, McBriar, MacBrair, McBrair, MacBraire, McBraire, MacBriare, McBriare, Briar, Brier, Brire, Briars, Briers, Brires, Braires, Brares, Braire, Brair, MacBrare, McBrare, Brare, MacBrar, McBrar, Brar, MacBrayr, McBrayr, MacBrayre, McBrayre, McBryar, MacBryar, MacBray, McBray, MacBrire, McBrire, MacBrier and many more.

Early Notables of the Brier family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Brier family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Brier, aged 25, settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • Christian Brier, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858
  • Annie Brier, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Beatrice M. Brier, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Mary Brier, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Brier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Brier, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Sarah Ann Brier, aged 45, who landed in America from Halifax, England, in 1907
  • Abraham Brier, aged 22, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1908
  • Ernest Brier, aged 28, who landed in America from Yorkshire, England, in 1908
  • Herbert Brier, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Reddish, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Brier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Michael Brier, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Brier (post 1700)


  • Kathy Brier (b. 1975), American Daytime Emmy Award nominated actress and singer
  • Robert "Bob" Brier (b. 1943), American Egyptologist, known as Mr. Mummy
  • Markus Brier (b. 1968), Austrian golfer, as of 2008 is his country's highest ranked player

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