The many generations and branches of the Bracelant family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Bracelant family
The surname Bracelant 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 Bracelant family
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Bracelant Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bracelant were recorded, including Bracegirdle, Bracegerdle, Brasgirdle and others.
Early Notables of the Bracelant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bracelant family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bracelant family emigrate to North America: John Bracegirdle, who settled in New England