Braid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Braid family

The surname Braid was first found in Cheshire where "in the township of Davenham, [the family] was settled from a remote period the family of La Bret, which terminated in a direct line in Richard Breete of Davenham, early in the 16th century. Hamund la Bret witnessed the grant of Little Mereton to Gralam de Lostock, temp. Henry III.; and Richard le Brette de Daneham occurs among the contributors to the feast on the consecration of Vale Royal Abbey, A.D. 1336." [1]

In Scotland, the variant Braid was typically seen or extensions there of. "The name of a family which once possessed extensive territories on the south side of Edinburgh and took their surname from their lands. The first of the name recorded is Henry de Brade, who appears in the middle of the twelfth century as owner of not only the Braid Hills, but also of Blackford Hill, the Plewlands, and Bavelaw. He was sheriff of Edinburgh in the reign of William the Lion, and as Henricus de Brade marescallus, witnessed the gift of a toft in Stirling to the church of Glasgow by William the Lion before 1199. He and his successors were proprietors of the Braids for nearly two hundred years, and with one exception they all used the patronymic Henry. In the reign of William the Lion, probably about the year 1200, Henry de Brade, sheriff of Edinburgh, was witness to a gift of the church of Boeltun by William de Ueteri ponte, son and heir of William de Ueteri ponte and Emma de Sancto Hylario to the church of the Holy Rood of Castle of Maidens and the canons serving the same. Before 1214 he witnessed a gift by Robert de Lyne to the monks of Neubotle, and before 1220 he is one of the witnesses to a charter by John de Morham to the same monks. [2]

Early History of the Braid family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Braid research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1250, 1300, 1296, 1560, 1630, 1609 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Braid History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Braid Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brad, Baid, Bread, Braed, Bradd, Bred, Breed, Bredd and many more.

Early Notables of the Braid family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Braid; and William Brade (1560-1630) an English composer, violinist, and viola player. He moved to northern Germany where he worked for the Brandenburg court, and for King Christian IV in Copenhagen. "He was living at Hamburg on 19...
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United States Braid migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Braid Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allen Braid, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [3]
Braid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Braid, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [3]
  • B Braid, aged 46, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1856 [3]

Australia Braid migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Braid Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Braid, English convict who was convicted in Lewes, Sussex, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [4]

New Zealand Braid migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Braid Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Braid, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842 [5]
  • Mr. R. Braid, Scottish settler with 2 sons travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [6]
  • Miss Braid, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Braid, Scottish settler from Edinburgh travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [7]
  • John Braid, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Braid (post 1700) +

  • Hilda Braid (1929-2007), English actress
  • James Braid (1795-1860), Scottish surgeon who originated the word "hypnosis"
  • David Braid (b. 1975), Canadian Juno Award winning jazz pianist and composer
  • Kate Braid (b. 1947), Canadian poet
  • Daniel Braid (b. 1981), New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • James Braid (1870-1950), Scottish golfer


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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