The ancestors of the name Brackenberry date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Lincolnshire
, where they derived their name from Brackenbury, a parish near Louth.
Early Origins of the Brackenberry family
The surname Brackenberry 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 Brackenberry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brackenberry research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Brackenberry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brackenberry Spelling Variations
Brackenberry has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Brackenberry have been found, including Brackenbury, Brackenborough, Brackenberry and others.
Early Notables of the Brackenberry 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 Brackenberry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brackenberry family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Brackenberrys to arrive on North American shores: 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 Brackenberry 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.