The name Brag comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a cheerful
person. The name stems from the Old English root, bragge,
which means lively, gay,
A Norman derivation is slightly different, and suggests that the word stems from the root braggi,
which means a hero,
or man of great accomplishment. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Brag family
The surname Brag was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Henry Brag as holding estates in Cambridgeshire
. The Register of the University of Oxford list Edward Bragge in 1573 and Edmund Bragge in 1601. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Brag family
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Brag Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bragg, Brag, Braggs, Bragge and others.
Early Notables of the Brag family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brag family to Ireland
Some of the Brag family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Brag family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Brag or a variant listed above were:
Brag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Brag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Brag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Brag was married in the Northern District in 1814
Brag Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Joab Brag U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Penobscot Association 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
The Brag 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: Fidelis et constans
Motto Translation: Faithful and steadfast.