Bracegerdle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bracegerdle name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Bracegerdle was originally a name given to someone who worked as a maker of breech-girdles. The first portion of the surname is derived from the Old English word brec, which in turn comes from the Old French word braie, which means breeches. The second portion of the name comes from the Old English word gyrdel, which means girdle. [1]

Early Origins of the Bracegerdle family

The surname Bracegerdle was first found in Cheshire. "The Bracegirdles were an old Cheadle family, one of the members being rector of Billing, Northamptonshire, in the reign of Elizabeth. The name is at present most at home in the Knutsford district, but is still to be found in Cheadle." [2]

Important Dates for the Bracegerdle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bracegerdle research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1541, 1649, 1620, 1749, 1613, 1560, 1569, 1663, 1748 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Bracegerdle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bracegerdle Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bracegerdle are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bracegerdle include: Bracegirdle, Bracegerdle, Brasgirdle and others.

Early Notables of the Bracegerdle family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Bracegirdle (d. c. 1613), an English poet, supposed to have been a son of John Bracegirdle, vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon from 1560 to 1569. Anne Bracegirdle (1663?-1748), was one of the most popular and brilliant of English actresses, born about 1663, presumably in one of the midland counties. One source...
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Migration of the Bracegerdle family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bracegerdle or a variant listed above: John Bracegirdle, who settled in New England in 1774.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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