The ancestors of the Brabbasson family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the county of Kent
. The family name originates in the taken duchy of Brabant in Normandy
, it is from the local
that the village and parish of Braborne is named. Typically then the name was used by locals of the Brabant area. Their castle was called Brabacon. In Normandy
the surname had come to be associated with mercenary-style soldiering, and the family was renowned as valiant fighters, particularly in William the Conqueror's army at the Battle of Hastings. Another source claims that they assumed their surname from the Castle of Brabazon, in Normandy
and it was Jaques Le Brabason, nicknamed the Great Warrior who came to the aid of William the Conqueror in his conquest of England
and consequently appears on the role of Battle Abbey. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Brabbasson family
The surname Brabbasson was first found in Surrey
where they settled at Bletchworth in Surrey
and Braborne in Kent
. They were from the village and Castle of Brabancon in Flanders
, their profession, professional soldiers.
Early History of the Brabbasson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brabbasson research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1580, 1651, 1977, 1625, 1645, 1715, 1682, 1737, 1684, 1685, 1763, 1686, 1763, 1688, 1751, 1691, 1772 and 1552 are included under the topic Early Brabbasson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brabbasson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Brabbasson were recorded, including Brabasson, Brabazon, Brabauzon, Barbazaun and others.
Early Notables of the Brabbasson family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Brabazon, 1st Baron
Ardee (d. 1625), who represented County Wicklow
in the Irish House of Commons and served as High Sheriff
of Staffordshire; Chambre Brabazon, 5th Earl of Meath PC
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Migration of the Brabbasson family to Ireland
Some of the Brabbasson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brabbasson family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Brabbasson arrived in North America very early: Barnabas Brabazon settled in Barbados and Jamaica in the year 1700.
The Brabbasson 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: Vota vita mea
Motto Translation: Prayers are my life.