Birsbent is an ancient Dalriadan-Scottish nickname
for a person who had sustained a broken bone. This surname derived from the Old French word, briser,
which means to break,
and the Old English word, bàn,
which means bone.
This was also a nickname
, given to a person who was often involved in fights, which resulted in the breaking of bones. Members of the Birsbent family were found in the county of Renfrew
(now part of the Strathclyde region), in Scotland
, where the family can trace its origin to shortly after the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Birsbent family
The surname Birsbent was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland
. Probably the first of the name in Scotland
was William Brisbone, whose name appears on a list of archers sent from Berwick to Roxburgh
in 1298. Thomas Brisbane or de Birsbane had a charter in Aberdeenshire
from Robert I. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Birsbent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birsbent research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1332 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Birsbent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birsbent Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Birsbent has been written as Brisbane, Brisbine, Birsbain, Birsbaine, Brisblane, Birsben, Brisbin, Birsban and many more.
Early Notables of the Birsbent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birsbent family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Birsbent or a variant listed above: Margaret Brisben arrived in Maryland in 1664; John Brisban arrived in New York in 1819; Mrs. Brisbane with two children who landed in New Orleans in 1822..
The Birsbent 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: Certamine summo
Motto Translation: In the battle's height.