The present generation of the Brackenbrow family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Lincolnshire
, where they derived their name from Brackenbury, a parish near Louth.
Early Origins of the Brackenbrow family
The surname Brackenbrow 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 Brackenbrow family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brackenbrow research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1300 and 1485 are included under the topic Early Brackenbrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Brackenbrow Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Brackenbrow include Brackenbury, Brackenborough, Brackenberry and others.
Early Notables of the Brackenbrow 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 Brackenbrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Brackenbrow family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Brackenbrow were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Brackenbrow 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.