Origins Available: English
The Bracknell name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in or near the village of Brignall near Greta Bridge close to Barnard Castle, in the North Riding of Yorkshire
. It was transferred to County Durham
for administrative and ceremonial purposes on 1 April 1974.
Early Origins of the Bracknell family
The surname Bracknell was first found in Yorkshire
. However, Bracknell is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire. It dates back to AD 942 as Braccan heal, and may meant "nook of land belonging to a man called Bracca", from the Old English personal name
+ halh. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Bracknell family
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Bracknell Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bracknell has undergone many spelling variations
, including Brignall, Brignal, Brigenehall, Brigenhale, Briggenale, Brigkenhall, Brignell, Bricnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Bracknell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bracknell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bracknell were among those contributors: Richard Brignall, who arrived in Virginia in 1640; and Thomas Brignal, who settled in Ontario in 1861.