The origins of the Brackenberray name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Lincolnshire
, where they derived their name from Brackenbury, a parish near Louth.
Early Origins of the Brackenberray family
The surname Brackenberray was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
, some say well before the invasion of Duke William of Normandy
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Brackenberray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brackenberray research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Brackenberray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brackenberray 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 Brackenberray were recorded, including Brackenbury, Brackenborough, Brackenberry and others.
Early Notables of the Brackenberray family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Anthony Brackenbury of Thorpe Hall; and Sir Robert Brackenbury (died 1485), a younger son of Thomas Brackenbury of Denton, of an ancient Durham... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brackenberray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brackenberray 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 Brackenberray family emigrate to North America: Richard Brackenbury, who settled in Salem Mass, in about 1628; as did William Brackenbury, (presumably his brother or son). Another early immigrant was John Brackenbury, who arrived in Boston in 1657..
The Brackenberray 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: Sans recuiller jamais
Motto Translation: Without ever receding.