The proud Norman name of Bragger was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was 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 Bragger family
The surname Bragger 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 Bragger family
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Bragger Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bragger have been found, including Bragg, Brag, Braggs, Bragge and others.
Early Notables of the Bragger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bragger family to Ireland
Some of the Bragger family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bragger family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Bragger were among those contributors: John Bragg who settled in Barbados in 1654; Mary Bragge settled in Virginia in 1774; William Bragg settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, three children, and servants.
The Bragger 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.