Anglo-Saxon name Bragrave comes from when the family resided near a large grove of trees in Hertsfordshire.
Early Origins of the Bragrave family
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.
Early History of the Bragrave family
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Bragrave Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bragrave has been recorded under many different variations, including Brograve, Brogrove, Bragrove, Bragrave and others.
Early Notables of the Bragrave family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bragrave family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bragrave or a variant listed above: Henry Brograve settled in New England in 1659.
The Bragrave 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: Finis dat esse
Motto Translation: Death gives us (real) being.
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