Brace History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Brace family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Brace comes from when the family lived in Brace, a parish in the county of Hereford.

Early Origins of the Brace family

The surname Brace was first found in Herefordshire, where this distinguished Welsh/English border family held a family seat for many centuries, probably well before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Brace family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brace research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1327, 1379, 1440, 1581, 1697, 1824, 1833, 1816, 1578, 1604, 1611, 1790 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Brace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brace Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Brace has appeared include Brace, Braice, Brayce, Brass, Braz, Brase, Bras, Brasse and many more.

Early Notables of the Brace family (pre 1700)

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United States Brace migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Brace arrived in North America very early:

Brace Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Brace, who settled in Virginia in 1623 along with Stephen, her husband
  • Walter Brace, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • John Brace, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Giles Brace, who arrived in Barbados in 1663 after moving to Virginia
  • Phill Brace, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Brace Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Brace, who landed in Barbados in 1711-1712 [1]
  • John Peter Brace, who landed in South Carolina in 1737 [1]
Brace Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Brace, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]
  • Isaac Brace, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]

Canada Brace migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brace Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Harvey Brace, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Brace migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Brace Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Brace, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Emanuel Brace, (b. 1816), aged 16, English basket maker who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Ms. Hannah Brace, (b. 1817), aged 20, English needlewoman who was convicted in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1898 [4]
  • Margaret Brace, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1850 [5]
  • William Brace, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [6]

New Zealand Brace migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Brace Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Brace, aged 43, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Mary Brace, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Henry W. Brace, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Georgina Brace, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Emily Brace, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Brace (post 1700) +

  • Ronald "Ron" Jeffery Brace III (1986-2016), American football nose tackle who played from 2009 to 2013; he died at the age of 29 from a heart attack
  • Charles Loring Brace IV (b. 1930), American anthropologist at the University of Michigan, son of Gerald Warner Brace
  • Gerald Warner Brace (1901-1978), American novelist, writer, educator, sailor and boat builder
  • Donald Clifford Brace (1881-1955), American publisher and co-founder of Harcourt, Brace & Howe in 1919
  • DeWitt Bristol Brace (1859-1905), American physicist, best known for his optical experiments
  • Charles Loring Brace (1826-1890), American philanthropist and social reformer, founder of The Children's Aid Society
  • Robert Leon "Robbie" Brace (b. 1964), former English professional footballer
  • Deryn Brace (b. 1975), Welsh footballer
  • Steve Brace (1961-1992), Welsh long-distance runner at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Stuart Brace (b. 1942), former professional footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. James Brace (b. 1876), Newfoundlander from St. John's, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 23rd August 2020, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atwick)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COROMANDEL 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Coromandel.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm


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