Bracey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Bracey surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in or near one of the French settlement of Brécy in either Aisne or Ardennes.

Early Origins of the Bracey family

The surname Bracey was first found in Cheshire where they had been settled for many centuries, some say well before the advent of Duke William of Normandy when he conquered England in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bracey family

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Bracey Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bracey include Bracey, Brassey, Brassie, Bracie, Brasey and others.

Early Notables of the Bracey family (pre 1700)

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United States Bracey migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bracey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bracey, who settled in New Haven, Con, in 1620
Bracey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G Bracey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]

New Zealand Bracey 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:

Bracey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederic Bracey, aged 21, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Eliza Bracey, aged 17, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Bracey (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Bracey (1937-2017), American minor league baseball pitcher, manager and big league scout
  • Claude Bracey (1908-1940), American Olympic sprinter
  • Ishman Bracey (1901-1970), American blues singer and guitarist
  • Sidney Bracey (1877-1942), Australian-born American stage and film actor
  • Stephen Henry Bracey (1950-2006), American professional basketball player
  • Frederick Bracey (1887-1960), English cricketer
  • Bracey Curtis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1916 [2]

The Bracey Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Arduis saepe metu nonquam
Motto Translation: Water falls to rise again

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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