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Early Origins of the Brailey family

The surname Brailey was first found in Worcestershire where Walter de Brayly was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275. Much later, John Brailey and William Brayley were found in Devon in 1642. And it is here that one source claims the name is from Brayley Barton in East Buckland. [1]

This place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Bredelia. [2] In 1166, it was known as Brailega, but by 1242 Braylegh was the preferred entry for the place name in ancient rolls. Literally, the place name means "clearing by the river Bray." [3]

Early History of the Brailey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brailey research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1642, 1771, 1773, 1801, 1802, 1825, 1854, 1857 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Brailey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brailey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brayly, Braylie, Bralie, Braily, Brulye, Bralye, Braille, Braile, Brealey and many more.

Early Notables of the Brailey family

Distinguished members of the family include Edward Wedlake Brayley, the Elder (1773-1854), English topographer and archæologist, born in the parish of Lambeth, Surrey, in 1773, who was apprenticed to one of the most eminent practitioners of the art of enamelling in the metropolis. Before the term of his indentures had expired he became acquainted with John Britton, 1771-1857, whom he used to meet at the shop of Mr. Essex in Clerkenwell. Both the young men had literary and artistic tastes and aspirations, and longed to emancipate themselves from the mechanical pursuits in which they were engaged. They formed a close friendship...
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United States Brailey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brailey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anderson A. Brailey, aged 19, who settled in America from Stockport, England, in 1908
  • Thomas Brailey, aged 54, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1908
  • Alexander Brailey, aged 20, who landed in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1909
  • William Brailey, aged 29, who landed in America from Barnstaple, England, in 1911
  • Edna Brailey, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1911
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Australia Brailey migration to Australia +

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

Brailey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William H. Brailey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [4]
  • William Brailey, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brailey (post 1700) +

  • Jerome Eugene "Bigfoot" Brailey (b. 1950), American drummer, best known for his work with P-Funk
  • James Brailey Odham (1919-1996), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1947-50; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1956, 1960 [6]

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. W. Theodore Ronald Brailey (d. 1912), aged 24, English Pianist from London, England who played aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mr. W. Theodore Ronald Brailey (d. 1912), aged 24, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [7]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from
  5. South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from
  7. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook