An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Brisk. They lived in Briscoe in Scotland
. The name Brisk is a habitational name, derived from a few sources. One source shows the name is derived from the Old Norse word Bretaskógr,
which means, wood of the Britons.
The second source shows that it may also be derived from the Old Norse words birki
which mean birch wood.
Early Origins of the Brisk family
The surname Brisk was first found in Briscoe, near Carlisle where the family were seated for three generations before the reign of Edward III. Later in Crofton in Cumbria
(formerly Cumberland) and at Birkskeugh, in the parish of Newbiggan, were the ancestral homes of the family since 1390. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
One of the first records of the name in Cumberland
was Isold de Briskow. Later William Brys(k)how was listed in Yorkshire
in 1410. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Brisk family
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Brisk Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred
years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations
in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Brisk has been spelled Brisco, Briscoe, Briscowe, Briscow, Briskoe, Briskcoe, Briskcow, Briskow, Briskowe, Bresco, Brescoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Brisk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brisk family to Ireland
Some of the Brisk family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brisk family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Brisk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J. Brisk, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
Contemporary Notables of the name Brisk (post 1700)
- Mike Brisk, American Sr. Manager, Design at Disney/ABC
- Philip Brisk, American Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Bourns College of Engineering, University of California
- Maria Estela Brisk Ph.D., American professor, teacher education/special education at Boston College
The Brisk Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Grata sume manu
Motto Translation: Take with a grateful hand.