Brabbazon is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Brabbazon family 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 Brabbazon family
The surname Brabbazon 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 Brabbazon family
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Brabbazon Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Brabbazon include Brabasson, Brabazon, Brabauzon, Barbazaun and others.
Early Notables of the Brabbazon 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 Brabbazon family to Ireland
Some of the Brabbazon family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brabbazon family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Brabbazons to arrive on North American shores: Barnabas Brabazon settled in Barbados and Jamaica in the year 1700.
The Brabbazon 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.