The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides
islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland
west coast. The name Birsbynd began in this region; it was a 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 Birsbynd 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 Birsbynd family
The surname Birsbynd 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 Birsbynd family
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Birsbynd Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Birsbynd has been spelled Brisbane, Brisbine, Birsbain, Birsbaine, Brisblane, Birsben, Brisbin, Birsban and many more.
Early Notables of the Birsbynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birsbynd family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Birsbynd were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Birsbynd 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.