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The forbears of the name Brackenridge are thought to be of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name indicates that the first bearer lived in the places named Brackenrig, in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. This place name comes from the Northern Old English words, bracken and rigg (ridge). Brackenridge is a local, or habitation name, which comes from the names of places where the family once lived or held land.

Brackenridge Early Origins



The surname Brackenridge was first found in Lanarkshire, and Ayrshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Brackenridge Spelling Variations


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Brackenridge Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Brackenridge has been spelled Brackenridge, Brachenridge, Brakenbury, Brackenrige, Brachenrige, Brecenrigg, Brecenrig, Breckinridge, Breckinrige, Breckinrigg, Breconrig, Breconrigg, Breckenrig, Breckenrigg, Braikinrigg, Braikinrig, Braikinridge and many more.

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Brackenridge Early History


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Brackenridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brackenridge research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1748, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Brackenridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brackenridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Brackenridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Brackenridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Brackenridge In Ireland


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Brackenridge In Ireland



Some of the Brackenridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Brackenridge were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Brackenridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Brackenridge who settled in Virginia in 1740
  • Alex Brackenridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1740
  • Hugh Henry Brackenridge, who landed in America in 1753

Brackenridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh and John Brackenridge arrived in Philadelphia in 1846

Brackenridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Brackenridge U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Francis Brackenridge U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Brackenridge U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Brackenridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Brackenridge (post 1700)



  • John Givler Brackenridge (1880-1953), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748-1816), Scottish-born, American author and jurist
  • Henry Marie Brackenridge (1786-1871), American writer, lawyer, judge, and Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • William Dunlop Brackenridge (1810-1893), Scottish nurseryman and botanist, eponym of the Brackenridge Passage
  • John Brackenridge (1772-1844), Presbyterian clergyman who served as Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives (from 1822 to 1823)

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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: Virtute et industria
Motto Translation: By valour and industry.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  9. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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The Brackenridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brackenridge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 September 2016 at 21:03.

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