The name Bracelen comes from one of the family having 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 Bracelen family
The surname Bracelen 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 Bracelen family
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Bracelen Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bracelen have been found, including: Bracegirdle, Bracegerdle, Brasgirdle and others.
Early Notables of the Bracelen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bracelen family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Bracelen, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Bracegirdle, who settled in New England