tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Bracegirdle. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer 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.
Early Origins of the Bracegirdle family
The surname Bracegirdle was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
, probably well before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bracegirdle family
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Bracegirdle Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bracegirdle include Bracegirdle, Bracegerdle, Brasgirdle and others.
Early Notables of the Bracegirdle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bracegirdle family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bracegirdle or a variant listed above:
Bracegirdle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Bracegirdle, who settled in New England in 1774
Bracegirdle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Samuel Bracegirdle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Bracegirdle (post 1700)
- Anne Bracegirdle (1663-1748), English stage actress
- Larry Bracegirdle (b. 1948), Canadian painter
- Mark Anthony Lyster Bracegirdle (1912-1999), Anglo-Australian Marxist revolutionary, who was involved in workers's struggles in Sri Lanka
- Leighton Seymour Bracegirdle (1881-1970), Australian, Rear Admiral in the Australian Navy