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Where did the English Brailey family come from? What is the English Brailey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Brailey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Brailey family history?

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

First found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Walter de Brayly held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brailey research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1642, 1773 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Brailey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Brailey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 emigrated 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


Brailey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William H. Brailey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • William Brailey, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

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  • Jerome Eugene "Bigfoot" Brailey (b. 1950), American drummer, best known for his work with P-Funk
  • 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
  • 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


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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Brailey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Brailey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 February 2014 at 14:59.

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