The origins of the Berazewell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire
, where they took their name from the village of Bracewell which was originally in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but now in Lancashire
. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form Breiorwella,
which meant the dweller at the broad-well,
and would have been used to denote residence near the village well.
Early Origins of the Berazewell family
The surname Berazewell was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
at Bracewell and Brogden a civil parish. Bracewell dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Braisuelle, land held by Roger de Poitou. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Berazewell family
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Berazewell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Berazewell were recorded, including Bracewell, Braycewell, Brasswell, Brasewell and others.
Early Notables of the Berazewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berazewell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Berazewell family emigrate to North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.